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Archive for the ‘Drumming’ Category

A Study in Work

March 14, 2016

If my practice is intended to further my knowledge of rhythm or theory, I call that Study. If my practice is intended to learn a piece of music, I call that Work. And here we get to the hard part… Thinking. Generally speaking, thinking is terrible for drumming. If you are thinking, you have lost […]

Daily Exercise is Good for the Groove

February 13, 2016

Exercises are intended to build physical stamina and mental confidence. For me, an Exercise is an almost Zen approach to non-specific elements of drumming. I will be the first to admit that there is some cross-over between all these ideas, and that from time to time you might use your Drills as an Exercise, and […]

Drilling Down to the Good Stuff

January 21, 2016

Drills are the practice of working on getting a particular tone, or working on a hand position, or focusing on a counting drill of some sort. When I am doing Drills I focus on these three ideas:   1) Stay Relaxed. It is very important to focus on proper technique. That includes posture, hand position, […]

A Practice By Any Other Name

January 19, 2016

So, what are the best practices for practice? This is a very, very interesting question. I think the best thing to do is to define what exactly we are talking about.   Practice: prac·tice (ˈpraktəs) As a noun: 1) The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about […]

The Quest for Soot

January 7, 2016

Soot is fun, but it is also a bit of a quest. Many of you have already checked out “Searching for Chobi“, which touches on how interesting, difficult, and frustrating hunting down rhythms and their origins can be. Soot is very, very much that way. I first heard Soot on an album more than a […]