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Old 09-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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Default What are you practicing now?

What kind of stuff are you guys practicing now? What areas are you focusing on?

At the moment I'm working mainly on my core hand technique.
I'm going through stick control, as well as doing rudimental exercises (lots and lots of paradiddles. so many paradiddles. too many paradiddles.) and trying to work on really staying relaxed.
I'm also trying to get more competent with trad grip in preparation for side-drum marching in the Army: I'm working on improving my 'hand chops' with the exercises I'm doing in matched, and then working on them slower in traditional grip just to bring my trad up to a level where I can comfortably do all the military marches and bouncy stuff.

I also need to improve my core foot technique, although I'm finding I lack the time or motivation when I add that in to everything else, and I'm considering not worrying about it for now and working on it more seriously after my basic training. Double bass is something I want to be good at, but it's not actually important for what I'll be playing professionally.

I'd say at the moment I'm doing a lot more pad work than kit work, though when I'm at the kit I like to mess around with linear fills and just groove along to CDs I like, the latter being why I find drums so fun! Robert Glasper's Black Radio album is my current fav.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:49 PM
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A whole lot of Dahlgren & Fineó the swing section of Four Way Coordination, volume two of Accent on Accents, and Dahlgren's Variations on Three Camps. They're all pretty technical books, and very different from what my approach has always been. Also playing through Groove Essentials, which I've never been wild about, but it's turning out to be OK.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:54 PM
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Dusty Watson's repertoire with Slacktone.

I've just joined one of the UK's top Surf Rock acts and I know next to nothing about the music.

Quite the change from the usual Prog Rock.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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Dusty Watson's repertoire with Slacktone.

I've just joined one of the UK's top Surf Rock acts and I know next to nothing about the music.

Quite the change from the usual Prog Rock.
Just found this vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH8onRUX84w

that looks REALLY. REALLY. REALLY. FUN. I'm rather jealous.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:26 PM
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Just found this vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH8onRUX84w

that looks REALLY. REALLY. REALLY. FUN. .

It is, and surprisingly the sheer energy takes me back to my Thrash/Punk/Hardcore days of the mid 80's.
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Well one thing I'm trying to learn at least half decently is Sound of Muzak by Porcupine Tree.

I'm finding the 7/4 verse sections tough, the ghost notes are just deceptively tricky little bastards! My Roland e kit has a record function and I've recorded myself playing drums only while I can hear the track in my ears. It's sounding bad I have to admit.

Just getting the quarter notes swinging with the correct ghosts in the right place is tricky, the flow of that is not good at all at the moment. There is a point where my quarter notes stop/ starts near the start of the groove, messes it up.

It's late at night and I'm kind of tired now but it felt better yesterday, the 4/4 chorus doesn't sound too bad at all to my ears and I feel like I have the flow of that sussed.

If anyone knows this song, I'd appreciate any tips! I'm a bit disheartened.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:00 PM
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Default Re: What are you practicing now?

- Dave Tough - Advanced Paradiddle Exercises

- Jim Blackley - The Essence of Jazz Drumming (practiced along to Allan Cox's Meet the Bass Player tracks)

- Jim Blackley - Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer

- Almost done with John Riley's book - The Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Next in Cue once John Riley's book is done is - Ari Hoenig's "Systems"
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