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Archive for the ‘Practice’ 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 […]

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 […]

Separation of Senses

January 21, 2010

“Separation of Senses” is essentially the ability to play different rhythm parts with the left and the right hand simultaneously.  When done confidently it gives a very distinctive feel to a rhythm, and really brings out a lot of dynamics in a groove.  Middle eastern doumbek playing is literally filled with this and it is […]

The importance of random

August 11, 2009

When we first started I had the troupe vary the rhythms we played a great deal during performances, going from Beledi to Maqsum to Saiidi to Nawari and back again.  We play them all in 4/4, and all at the same tempo, but shifting constantly.  We are not playing with a lot of ornamentation, and […]