What do you do in a practice session

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Post Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:54 pm

I would like to know what you cover in practice time. I do 2 hrs a day I practice rudiments, new lessons, play to music ., I would like to simplify it a bit more. Any advice woould be appreciated.
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Rob Crisp
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:45 am

Actually I think you have a pretty good practice regime there!

Due to work, sometimes I don't get to practice as much as I like, but I usually try to incorporate a few things into my regime.

Rudiments and technique, (acts as a great warm up)

Reading.

Musicality in different styles.

Soloing.

Showmanship.

You can combine some of these into one exercise too.

For example take play along books and cd's. You are reading and practicing a style in one go. Whilst doing this you're improving your musicality in that style. Most have a solo section, which will really test your reading ability.

The other important thing to remember is to practice things you can't play easily, that's the only way to improve!

I also try and set myself a goal say 2 weeks to achieve a particular skill, weather its playing a 10 stroke roll or groups of 7 on the double bass drum while holding down a backbeat.
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:42 am

I follow the same work ethic, Grooves & patterns to soloing. I get
the best of practice from sight reading new stuff from books.
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:47 am

Practice? What is this...practice...that you speak of?? ROTFL :lol:
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:47 am

I usually just play each day for about an hour. Also I work on rudimental drumming for about 20 minutes each evening on a practice pad. Every once in a while i'll go through a drum book that I haven't finished all the way.
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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:39 am

To warm up i play along to some CD's (Usually Mars Volta or Crimson) then i will start to work on the things that i've been having trouble with. A lot of times i spend hours trying to find a part i like for a certain riff one of my bandmates came up with. When we practice as a band i will improv a lot to keep the writing process moving steadily along. Then when i have a few hours to myself at the space i will go back over those parts and work something out.

I usually save rudiment work for when i'm at home watching tv. This i usually do on a pillow or on a couch cushion, or on my cat... :wink:
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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:51 pm

Solo Session

2 Hour - Straight CD playing or band cd playing

1 Hour - Metronome - Snare and Kick

30 Mins - Soloing

1 Hour - Mesing around


Band Session - Usually an overnight session

5 Hours Setlist Practice
5 Hours writing music.
5 hours chilling out. lol
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