View Full Version : Off the pad and to the kit.
11-03-2010, 12:40 AM
How do you effectively take something you learned on the practice pad and bring it to the kit?
For example I recently learned about linear fills and learned FRLF RLRL and have it down well on the pad. I went to practice it on my drum set and as long as I'm only playing on my snare I can play it fine, but when I split my hands up to play it on the toms I lose just about everything I had.
11-03-2010, 12:45 AM
Yep.....play it slow until you get it down.....just like you did on the pad.
There's no doubt that, that feeling of separating your hands can throw you in the interim. I actually have a small pad boomed off my main pad for this very reason. The pad teaches you the pattern and aids in muscle memory, so in effect you've actually learnt it already....now you just need to take a little extra time to spread your hands around the kit in order to voice the pattern. It can be awkward at first, but it won't take you long until it flows. Just slow it down until you're co-ordinated and you'll be off and running in no time.
11-03-2010, 12:54 AM
Yeah. Slow it down.
I've found then when I move things from the pad to the kit, or even from just the snare to the toms, I have to slow it down a few bpm. It won't transistion well until you have it ingrained into muscle memory though.
Play several bars (or even several minutes) of the pattern before bumping up the metronome or moving it around the kit.
11-03-2010, 01:10 AM
Alright thanks for the help.
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