making progress without a drum set

howidied

Member
hey, let´s say I won´t be having an acces to my drums over the next period of time due to certain circumstances for as much time as I had until now. let´s say I won´t sit behind the drums 20 hours a week but just 10, is it possible to stay in shape and get better with just a practice pad and a kick pad? won´t my performance suffer then? will it have the same effect? thanks
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Nothing beats time on the kit. But a couple of practice pads and kick pad rigged to somewhat resemble a kit is better than nothing at all.

I had to do it for several years....just had no room to set up a kit. There wasn't much that this set up didn't allow me to work on. The touch, feel and nuances of a drum head aren't there. But the ability work on patterns, sticking, to separate your hands as if working your way round a kit are all achievable.

If it comes down to a makeshift pad kit or nothing at all........it's a no brainer.
 

dmacc

Platinum Member
Schedule and use your time wisely. There have been months and perhaps years of my life where 10 hours per week would have been a lot of time. Work and family take / took precedence.

10 hours is enough time to stay in shape and progress assuming you make realistic goals and use your time wisely.
 

Fuo

Platinum Member
10hr/week is still a pretty respectable amount of practice time, as long as it is used well. at least I hope it is, because that's about how much I practice (on the kit anyway, plus more on pad).
 

The Black Page Dude

Senior Member
As long as you practice stuff that consistently challenges you ... you can spend 7 hours a week and grow 100% more than practicing 40 hours a week and shedding only stuff you know.

practice pad and a kick practice pad ... or the side of the couch.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
As long as you practice stuff that consistently challenges you ... you can spend 7 hours a week and grow 100% more than practicing 40 hours a week and shedding only stuff you know.

practice pad and a kick practice pad ... or the side of the couch.
Good point there. +1......"Like"

Some of us work hard, and some of us work smart and play hard.
 

Duck Tape

Platinum Member
As long as you practice stuff that consistently challenges you ... you can spend 7 hours a week and grow 100% more than practicing 40 hours a week and shedding only stuff you know.

practice pad and a kick practice pad ... or the side of the couch.
I find that interesting.

I have several routines that I know like the back of my hand, but they're not easy, and introducing new tempos keeps me on my toes. I'm not really agreeing/disagreeing, but it's important to refine what you already know.

I was gonna get into some new material but I've been shedding on the same material for a while and I think I've improved lots.
 

12x7

Senior Member
I recommend a split surface real feel style pad, a bass drum pad, and a double pedal. i used this for a year, and had some great revelations.
 

Zero Mercury Drummer

Senior Member
What I find about working with a pad is that it will make you play things you would not normally play on a kit. I work a lot with trad grip on the pad.
Then, over time, you can start doing it on the kit.
 

Drumolator

Platinum Member
I found that practicing on a pad on a snare stand and a bass drum practice pad helped me quite a bit. My bass drum playing is much better now. Peace and goodwill.
 
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