Yes. You should spend a good amount of time at each tempo -- preferably a week of daily practice -- and after you're entirely competent with it, raise the tempo by ONE bpm. Also, work on each individual measure on its own for a while to really "dig into" them.Should I play the exercises longer on the same tempo?
I've worked through this book in it's entirety and the best way that I found for me was to pick three to four tempos and work them. In other words, if you can do it at 70 BPM. Do it first at 40 then 60 then 70 then 75. 75 might be a little sloppy and you might have to slow down to 72. It's OK. You will find that this multi-layered approach is a little more interesting and also a little more like real-life. Another thing that I used to do was vary the tempos by one or 2 points. Instead of always 70 BPM, sometimes it would be 68 or 71. This opens you up to different subtle changes.Thanks. I'm definately going to practice each individual mesaure more. So say i start at 50 bpm. I should practice that tempo for a week? Then raise it one BPM each week?
You are incredibly lucky! Marco is one of the best drummers on the planet. I never knew that he accepted less than advanced students. (No offense, but his book is WAY harder than New Breed). I began studying with Mike Mangini only after I was recommended by Dom Famularo, for example.well i'm going to be taking drum lessons from marco minneman soon, so hopefully he could give me some tips on this book too
Well, I'm hopening that this year, there will be a new school of music which is more cheaper from what I heard than the conservatory...Heretic, I see you live on the Azorean islands, i'm guessing there are no drum teachers there
? A shame as you have so many questions that are best answered in person.
Aside from doing a search (!), apply the basics to your study - take it very slowly at first, and always use a metronome. And stop worrying about advanced hand techniques. They won't help you get this sort of material sounding good.