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Old 09-05-2014, 05:43 PM
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I have a dilemma. I spend large amounts of time at work. I have a few times daily during breaks where I could be practicing drums. I am also a beginner drummer. I can't use an actual drum set at work for a variety of reasons. I know I can tap on objects and practice time and beat exercises, but I was looking at getting a practice pad, or maybe even a practice set if its truly worth it. Given my situation, what would you recommend?
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:58 PM
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Grab a Remo putty pad. Can be laid out anywhere, you can hang it in the case on your keychain or in your pocket. Or, find a rich old lady to support you, get her to buy you a kit and a house to practice in, and quit your day job.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:39 PM
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Pad and stick control exercises. Make sure you warm up properly. As for the exercises... Those would include accents, single and double stroke rolls, the 5 families of rudiments.

Good stuff. Work on your feet as well.

Also mentioned on this thread are the hand and foot coord drills.

But stick control is very important.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:03 PM
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A practice pad would be a great way to start off with the simple stuff!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:04 PM
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Grab a Remo putty pad. Can be laid out anywhere, you can hang it in the case on your keychain or in your pocket. Or, find a rich old lady to support you, get her to buy you a kit and a house to practice in, and quit your day job.
Love the idea, but as I am now married, it seems I went the opposite of the rich lady.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:05 PM
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Thanks guys these are great suggestions!! Just what I needed!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:37 PM
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Another important thing you can do is work on mental independence. You don't need any equipment, it's all about coordinating your limbs. Like tap 4 beats with your right hand and 3 beats with your left hand so they both fit into the same bar and repeat. That's a good starting point. Beyond that, you could incorporate your feet, and make it as complicated as you want, with the goal of 4 way independence, which all starts in your mind.
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