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Practice!


I'll kick this off with some of the books and methods that have helped me.

First of all get a good metronome and use it! I prefer electronic ones that you can use headphones with. I'm now using the Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer that LongRoll got for me but any good one will work. Also a three minute egg timer, you know, the little hour glass and sand things.
 
Gearge L. Stones "Stick Control" is a great book and will build the right muscles and coordination. He says to repeat each exercise twenty times, I prefer to use the egg timer and play each one for three minutes, with the metronome, and at different speeds.

After you get up to snuff with Stick Control you can start on Stones "Accents and Rebounds". The same ideas apply here.

A good book to start you out on reading is still the Haskell Harr elementary drum book. One I prefer is Paul Yoders Elementary Method for drums.

For more adveanced reading go to "Musical Studies for the Intermediate Drummer" by Garwood Whaley. Try sight reading this book when you first get it.

Keep in mind that even if you never read music for your playing that these books will help to make you better drummer and musician.

I hope this forum will be of value to you all and I look forward to hearing some of your ideas for making "music".

Jack
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Re: Practice!


I need to drag myself out of a pretty nasty funk tonight; so being called upon by BJ & LR, I shall try.

Stick Control has always been my bible, since being introduced to it at the age of 18. Every morning for a few hours, it was me; my practice pad and George.

Being a Gadd disciple, I fell under the spell of the paradiddle; and have pretty much been there since.

To me; all drumming is a paradiddle or a long roll. emoticon

My fave warm up is:

LLRR LRLL RRLL RLRR

Tap the feet!!

Take care,

PK.

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Troutstudio, I'm right there with you. After practicing single, double and triple paradiddles and flams for years, it finally all came together in the heat of a concert one night. I found myself doing some sort of fill that encompassed all that I had practiced, and then it all made sense.

Also, Joe Morello's single stroke roll, double stroke roll and single paradiddle in different combinations in succession, coupled with a metronome to keep you honest.
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Thanks guys. I don't read music too well, but these exersizes should be good. phil
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A good book to help reading while also incorporating the rudiments is The All-American Drummer by Charlie Wilcoxon. Another good one by Wilcoxon is Drum Method. Both pretty straight foreword but good.

I also had an instructor that would make me at each lesson pick a song for the week, any song that I wanted, and transcribe it (or at least attempt to.) That was one of the best learning tools because it forced me to listen to what the drummer was doing subconsciously and also what he was doing to work with the band. Good stuff!
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This group doesn't seem to get much use - so I'm adding some stuff I've been doing lately.

After quite a few years of just playing on my E-Drum I decided to get out and start attending jams. Where that has taken me is nothing more than amazing! I had to learn a new style - playing blues, old time blues. YouTube has been a wealth of information. Since shortly after last Christmas I was forced to change jobs and I now sit in a cave like room monitoring systems all day. The upside of that is I have a practice pad, a pair of sticks and a book of rudiments. A downside, my belts are getting snug emoticon

My latest personal challenge is to master the Moeller Technique. Again there are some great clips on YouTube with how-to information.

Keep practicing - it is nothing less than thrilling to see progress in yourself.
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mainedrummer, I'm in line with you on all counts!

Going to jams and then being the house drummer for an open mic/jam taught me to adapt to different singers, players and styles. Lots of challenges, and all ending up a ton of fun.

And the Moeller technique. Man, I love watching it, and I'm trying my best to do it. Tough stuff.
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