Take a listen to this:It may seem odd but I am trying to develop a more "mechanical", drum machine like technique for some music that requires it. Needless to say a metronome will be seeing some heavy usage.
Anyone else ever do this?
Techniques, approaches, pitfalls etc.?
Virtual badge for you I have beatnik for 2 years now and use it everyday. Stick to it and you will become timing monster.Nice video of ?uestlove. Badass. I'm using a beatnik rhythmic analyzer right now which seems to be helping. Where should one focus their practice to get timing that dead on? (dynamics will come later).
Should I focus on smaller intervals (i.e. 32nd notes) to improve or longer intervals (i.e. 1/8ths)? etc.
That is interesting since usually the slow tempos are hard accuracy wise. Faster tempo= smaller the gap between notes to make mistake1. My rhythm is better at slower tempos than fast. This is why I'm using a quarter, quarter, 1/8th, 1/8th phrase at 135 bpm as an exercise. Seems to be working. Drumming is my second instrument so I do NOT have the "need for speed" that so many drummers have as I have no need to be a tech monster, which is why I've spent more (too much) time on slow tempos. I want solid timing. I'm aiming for mechanical first than I can learn to displace as necessary.
It will be a tremendous help, especially if you don't have teacher.I have always had timing issues. I've had the beatnik for awhile but only REALLY started using it a week ago and I am seeing tremendous improvement. It lets me see things I couldn't hear, and then I can start hearing them. Opening my mind.
Free stroke singles. This is the foundation. Get Dom Famularo's book ''It's Your Move'' or at least start to practice free stroke from those videos.Question: What kind of stroke do you recommend technique wise, single I assume?
Yes*note: When you say play the "E" and "Uh" in the 16th notes, should I just let regular 16th note subdivisions play?
At the beginning use subdivision, later when you get more stable, go to tracking analyzer.Also, should I turn the metronome on to only the first click and not the subdivisions. Sorry to ask so much but I will be doing this exercise shortly.
That is interesting since usually the slow tempos are hard accuracy wise. Faster tempo= smaller the gap between notes to make mistake
However 135 bpm for 8th isn't that slow . My guess is that your stroke technique itself is bit unstable yet.
It will be a tremendous help, especially if you don't have teacher.
Free stroke singles. This is the foundation. Get Dom Famularo's book ''It's Your Move'' or at least start to practice free stroke from those videos.
Also this was nice thread:
Practice those a lot, do the ''2-50'' exercise. Practice full strokes at the beggining then got to low and half strokes. They will probably be your main strokes.
Also before you can play decent free stroke, you could not use Beatnik. It will make you worry about timing when your main focus should be perfect form.
At the beginning use subdivision, later when you get more stable, go to tracking analyzer.
It's always good way to ask many questions, everyone is different and although things might sound simple, over internet it's hard to explain all the details. It's much better to ask three extra questionand get it right , rather then to keep silent and start to practice ineffectively.
That is great, it is a big help to have a teacher.Thanks for the advice. I just got in touch with a local teacher who is considered one of the best drummers and teachers in the area to help me fine tune my "free stroke".
What do you mean? Where thew fulcrum is on the stick or with which fingers to make it?My question is about the "fulcrum". When I strike the stick does not return to the upright position, but rather past it somewhat. The fulcrum weirds me cause I'm not sure where it should be etc.
Well, your teacher will help you on this a lot. Normally I would make a stroke, stop, check out my fulcrum, adjust if necessary and make next stroke. After time things, will start get better. Only way to get better at stable fulcrum is using and adjusting.1. My "fulcrum" keeps moving. i.e. I find myself further and further up the stick on my right hand than left.
If you're really not pulling back then it could be a good sign that you're really getting most out of the rebound. It's hard to comment this since I don't see your hand and I'm not an free stroke expert.2. When the stick bounces back up it sort of goes PAST the vertical position and leans outwards like I am bouncing it too far. Also, the stick never contacts the pad of my hand at any point in this process.