Are you practicing the right way?


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I know alot of drummers and the ways that they practice. Some of them actually get better but other benefit nothing from there practices. How do u practice and benefit from it.(of course theres no right Answer)


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this IS the lessons section :?

anyhows... when i practice i do it in 2 ways, i'll either THINK of exactly what i am going to do e.g. read up on methods on the internet such as the heel toe tech and triplet grooves... and try to do each method i can OR i'll jam along to a record that has some interesting drumming


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yea what Scott said.. it varies, some days I practice methods and technics iv been shown or iv read about.. other times I just jam along to tracks with cool beats which usually develope into a nice groove of my own, or other times I start with simple rudiments such as paradiddles to a metronome, and slowly spread it out over the kit and add triplets and other things.. one thing i love doing is practicing transitions between 8/8 into those off sounding beats like 7/8, 5/9 etc.. whether its the right way to practice or not, it seems to be helping me =)


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Some days I work on my rolls more, some days I work on foot speed. But most of the time, if I listen to music and I hear this cool piece in a song, even if it is just a simple roll, I practice it and try to get that right, and get ideas from that one or more things.


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ive got so much better by just playing along to my ipod and takinf lesson(i never practce what they teach me i just know it ....kinda weird)


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i go through stages all the time. one minute ill be practicing technique like all the time then ill go into improving my speed etc. for me if i see a drummer that has somethin that impresses me like good technique, speed, polyrhythms etc i tend to just practice that for a while.

I do like to get my practicing strustured though. By this i mean i spend a little time on the pc getting things im gonna look at of the internet etc this way i know i wont just get on and play any old thing.


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I like to practice things that I'm weak at (like doulble bass drums stickings). I find that even if I don't use these concepts in my regular gig, my playing becomes more confident and consistent if I do practice them.

For instance, since being inspired (or depressed??) by the Thomas Lang DVD, I 've been working a lot on my left foot -- playing various patters of singles and doubles. Patterns like rllrllrllrllrlrl with playing a backbeat on top. It's slow going, but when I go back to straight rock playing, I feel more "seated" in the groove.

Another thing I do is play to a metronome a 25 bpm. Playing quarter notes while counting 16ths. Playing this slow really improves your time when you speed up.

tc in lbc


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one usefull piece of advice i was given was in regard to stretching, every drummer should stretch before any playing time, practice too, ten minutes of stretching will give you a way better start and allow u to "warm-up" much faster, playing becomes more natural in less time, yada yada....that and playing with a metronome are the two easiest and most productive ways to improve your drumming and "send it thru the roof" I'm told. I notice the improvement personally.


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I work on technique (hand/feet) and independence and I'm trying to get better at sight reading just because its a topic that's recently interested me a little more than it used to. I don't work on jamming in odd meters so much as try to incorporate them into my practice, like for independence I'll play an ostinato for the time signature and use my hands to play the rhythms from louie bellson's "odd time text" book. I don't really work on any sort of groove though I might, for fun after a practice, try a particular style and see how long I can play within the genre without repeating myself.
then i make things up i try fill variations groove variations try to play a song i know then i may go back to basics before stopping

i do practice on a drumset with soundoff pads so to keep down the sound

then i switch to a real feel practice pad for rudiments ill switch back and forth most times i start with rudiments on the reel feel pad and then go to the drumset then end with the reel feel


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Will":2aeosprm said:
WhiteOleander":2aeosprm said:
into those off sounding beats like 7/8, 5/9 etc
I don't know anyone else who can play 5/9 :eek:
It's not possible to practice 5/9. You can't. There are no 9th or 3rd notes. Only 8th, quarter, 16th, half notes, 32nd, etc. Transitioning from 6/4 funk to 13/8 fast samba, to a low-down 4/4 Second Line, then to some 5/4 jazz...have fun. I sure do.

Practicing the right way? I don't know of a right way. There are wrong ways, surely. Don't just jam to your favorite bands for 2 hours. Then you'll just play like the guy on the track. Big whoop. There are techniques that one can learn. Heel-Toe, Moeller (though I really don't like Moeller, but that's another discussion), working on hand technique, bass drum technique, tuning, grooves, etc.

If one is serious about learning drums, than an hour of practicing A DAY is minimum. It's preferable of it were two. Spend about the first third going over stuff that you can do already, so that it's fresh and still there. If not, you'll find yourself struggling later on to accomplish things tht you could land without a hitch before. Then, the second third should be some stuff, pure technique, to work on that is new and needs to be worked on, or stuuf that is difficult and needs to be gotten down. The last third should be to take what you got done from the second third and putting it to practical use. Really, no one is going to like heel-toe...and that's it. Put it to a groove or some pattern. Do that with all technique. Then, if you want more time, have fun. Play around. See if you can apply what you have learned all around the kit. Have fun. Practicing shouldn't be strict and regimental. This is just one of many guidelines. This is the one I go by, and its a recent change for me. It works.

Is this a lot? You bet your ass it is. But if you want to be good, a drummer that people will remember like Buddy Rich or Keith Moon or Steve Gadd, that's what it takes.



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a friend a few years ago turned me onto the motto that "perfect practice makes perfect"... (rather than practice makes perfect) - meaning that by taking the the time to accomplish exercises in perfect form (at as slow a tempo you need to in order to be 'perfect') will get you further faster than just speedily (and many times sloppily) muscling your way through exercises. this approach has produced and continues to produce results in my playing very quickly.

it takes patience to develop this type of focus, but i dedicate portion of my practice time to 'perfect practice' everytime i sit down...


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as we grow and mature, we find methods that are more appropriate...
pretty much like finding the right style and genre...
currently working with my left foot for triplets and continuous pedaling.