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Post Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:34 am

Aww you people are a bunch of whining tulips (cuz im not gonna call you the P flower name). Why cant you all just admit that experimenting with controlled substances is how you all REALLY got better. We all just heard Tomas Haake while we were all drunk/stoned at a party or something and we were like... "Dude I'm gonna go home and play that."
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Post Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:20 am

CooknessMunster wrote:Practice, practice, practice!

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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:28 pm

two things made me a better drummer:

1. A damn good guitarist who had better rhythm than I did (his name was Finn Hammer - the best guitarist you never heard of)

2. Knowing Stewart Copeland walked the earth.
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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:26 pm

definately utilizing my gracenotes to their full potential helped make me a better drummer. It made everything I played sound better and feel better.

But mainly i'd have to say practice makes perfect, or as close as you can get to perfect.

Also, playing in a metal band without using double bass helped me alot. It made me think of interesting ways to compensate for that lack of double kick sound that most drummers would be quick to impliment.

Anyways that's my two cents.
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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:33 pm

playing out as often as i have in the last 3 years didn't hurt..

don't laugh...but putting on a set of headphones and try to emulate all of my fav drummers.... :D
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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:43 pm

Actually, What made me a better drummer was giving lessons.
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Post Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:35 pm

I stopped playing drums and started playing music. Once you realize that playing drums is akin to drawing lines in coloring books for others to color in, then you are on the right path.

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Post Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:20 pm

deffentlly playing to aclick track machine it helps me understand the guitar parts better
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Post Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:01 am

Going to a Virgil Donati clinic.
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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:24 am

I learned to make 1, 1. When playing in a band situation, the most important beat is ONE. Concentrate on making the first beat of each measure be right where it needs to be and things will always work out. And your bass player will LOVE you. Also, remember your role in the band. TIMEKEEPER. Groove with the bass player, but KEEP time. Sounds elementary, but keep time and make one, one.
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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:54 am

dinovalentino wrote:I learned to make 1, 1. When playing in a band situation, the most important beat is ONE. Concentrate on making the first beat of each measure be right where it needs to be and things will always work out. And your bass player will LOVE you.

i do that alot, and it never fails =).


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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:57 pm

NWCrusher wrote:Playing with a click 8)


Ditto. A year of click work has now made me want to take revenge on the things. haha. But I've improved like 200% so...

Theory also made a huge impact on my playing. Learning how to write and read drum music better has made me understand how to count and sight read better.
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:26 pm

Listening to different types of music has developed my style of playing, from hip hop to grindcore, blues to drum n bass. If you stick to one type of generic music category such as METAL or JAZZ you are limiting your ability.

Also genres cross over - death metal and drum n bass are my two favourite music genres, i follow the artists/bands, go to the gigs, buy the cd's and will start a mosh pit at metal night and a drum n bass night!

The two genres have lots in common musically in terms of playing, i.e. fast tempos, precision drumming, usage of double kick drums.
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:25 am

marching band, drumcorps, and teaching
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:58 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:Actually, What made me a better drummer was giving lessons.


I agree - when I found I was constantly around a click, my time just improved leaps and bounds. I didn't notice it, but everyone else did! This was also a time when I was gigging regularly and that helped my sense of groove and feel.

I think the key is do SOMETHING to improve your playing - even if it's just going to a clinic or drummer's show. In the past year, I've seen Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Dom Famularo, Tommy Igoe, and Dave Weckl. December first I'm going to see G3! Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and John Petrucci. Sure it's costly, but it's worth every cent for the inspiration!

Another thing that has helped me immensely is UK-based Rythm magazine. (www.myspace.com/rythmmag) Those of you from the States, I would highly recommend it. Kick's Modern Drummer's ass. It has around 70 - 80 tracks on the CD it comes with and has music to match. Playalongs help if you are in a tough spot with no band to play with. Gear reviews and articles are helpful as well. The price is dirt cheap for what you get. I learn and teach from it all the time.

oh, yeah, and don't do drugs kids! :P
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