Drumming Rudiments Technique Help?

KamaK

Platinum Member
I don't want to create bad habits in my drumming Be nice to know how people practice there technique and making progress with their drumming?
Bill Bachman has a site (drumworkout.com) that offers a course called the "Extreme Hands Makeover". It takes a month or two to make it through. This standalone course is well worth a two month sub, and it's worth repeating the course each time you hit an impasse/plateau and want to improve your hands.

I highly recommend it.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I learned it all at once in balance. Technique, rudiments etc. Just focus each day's practice session on the area you need to improve.

Playing music you like to listen to as a metronome also keeps the session enjoyable. Doubles are boring and 10 minutes of metronome clicks feel like an hour, throw some of your favorite songs on and play in time with that. Helps to relax too, everyone gets all stiff.

Once I had the rudiment down, I used to throw on Hip/hop or if I wanted to push my speed, some junk like blink-182 helped. Also helps with your mind while you play, no one ever performed with a metronome click alone ... so much more to it all, focus on dynamics as the music crescendos or tapers, play harder or lighter, try out each of your instructors techniques. No reason you can't be musical while practicing basics.
I do this with my drumline. We use a met while we are learning and analyzing, and then I have a playlist full of cool groove songs that I run trough the PA system, and we play along to that when concepts are down, and we are just repping for strength


I love turning on the click and running rudiments on the pad. I'm not alone in this. Sometimes 2 hours only feels like 10 minutes. It can be enjoyable if you allow it.

Anyone who plays to backing tracks is performing with a click. Its not unusual at all.
yep...I can play for hours with just the met alone...it never bothers me. I also put subdivisions on, and sometimes try to mess with where I am placing the pulse beat versus the rudiment.

I am definitely in the minority who enjoys the met...
 

MntnMan62

Junior Member
I always thought technique related to posture and hand position. How one holds the sticks and the range of motion used to play. I consider the speed that one plays and the level of difficulty to relate to ability rather than technique. Of course, poor technique will negatively effect your abiity to advance. I have had various teachers over the years and some taught technique and some did not. There are different approaches to technique and hand position. But the ultimate result you are looking for is a technique that allows you to cause the stick to move in an even, straight and controlled fashion. If your technigue causes the stick to slice at an angle while playing, then you need to adjust things.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
People are quite different.

If you have na interest in something that requires a lot of technical work and you understand the relation you'll probably be more motivated.

May teachers struggle with getting their yong students to get started with a technical routine. I really don't. The simple explanation is that I never do anything with my studetns without explaining why I do it. Some may think a lot of this stuff is self explanatory, but to the average kid in 2020 it's really not. It actually never was even though some like to pretend it was. Many things are not automatic to everyone and the teacher who wishes to succeed must understand this.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
People are quite different.

If you have na interest in something that requires a lot of technical work and you understand the relation you'll probably be more motivated.

May teachers struggle with getting their yong students to get started with a technical routine. I really don't. The simple explanation is that I never do anything with my studetns without explaining why I do it. Some may think a lot of this stuff is self explanatory, but to the average kid in 2020 it's really not. It actually never was even though some like to pretend it was. Many things are not automatic to everyone and the teacher who wishes to succeed must understand this.
yep...I ALWAYS give them an end goal, and usually show a video or two of someone using said technique at a high level <-- that is what inspired me back in the say, but since it was before the Tube, I actually had to go see it live...which honestly is much more inspiring
 
At the risk of sounding like advertising (moderators, feel free to slap my wrist if I'm going over the line and I'll remove), we're launching an iOS metronome app soon that gives you loads of feedback, including a speed builder setting that jogs the tempo up once you reach a certain level of accuracy. The built in exercises are based on Stick Control. Currently in beta testing, more info at www.beatbalance.co.

It's not for everyone, but it might help you to answer your original question.
 
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