Here Steve Smith gives some interesting ways to practice from the Wilcoxon book, which include sticks, brushes. various tempos, and playing along with recordings. Enjoy!
Playing all of these 16th notes and 32nd notes against the hi-hat and bass drum, by reading the lines in real time..
Looks very difficult.
2 years on a pad and 1 year on the snare only. Similar to the story of my grand-father telling me that they had to walk 10 Km to go to school.
Very severe, not for the millennial and the common snowflake!
It's really like in the Karate Kid, exactly.My program of study wasn't too far off. I presumed, as a beginning drummer, that I'd be playing a kit from the start, but my initial lesson was a jolting reality check. My instructor enforced a pad-only regimen for the first year, followed by six months on a snare. I then progressed to a snare, bass, and hi-hat for another six months. I had a full kit about two years after my first lesson.
I wouldn't change a thing about the way I learned to drum. It was a wonderful disciplinary journey I would never have pursued independently. And you're right -- many kids today would recoil from such a spartan training system. That's a cultural shortcoming as far as I'm concerned.
Lots of teaching systems in circulation. Hard to say one or the other is the slam-dunk method. For me, after my hands were conditioned, incorporating the bass and hi-hat pedals came pretty easily. Others might have different accounts. Few discoveries would be made if we all took the same route.I have to admit, if I were teaching a beginner from the ground up, I think I’d want them playing the Stick Control exercises on the feet as well as the hands, from day 1. I wish someone had made me train my feet that way.
That's what I do every morning, practicing the Stone Stick Control book, It helps me wake up in the morning.I have to admit, if I were teaching a beginner from the ground up, I think I’d want them playing the Stick Control exercises on the feet as well as the hands, from day 1. I wish someone had made me train my feet that way.