The Secret is Repetition
If I was
to tell you that many problems with drumming stem from one little
you beg to know what it is?
The secret is REPETITION.
drummers (and even some old ones )
underestimate the importance of this word. But many simple problems
are solved relatively easily by incorporating just this one little
PROBLEM #1: My arms tire while playing drums for long periods
FIX: REPETITION! Practice single strokes for LONG periods
of time. Get them EXTREMELY fast to where they become "very"
comfortable. If the rest of your technique is relatively good,
your arms will not tire after that.
PROBLEM #2: My feet are slow and can't do half the things
my hands do.
FIX: REPETITION! Isolate your feet and practice nothing
but them for extended periods of time. Play the samba bass drum
rhythm "allot". That's always been a good one for getting
your right foot in shape.
PROBLEM #3: I can't play in odd time signatures.
FIX: REPETITION! Vinnie Colauita once said, "Just
play in 7 for like an hour". This is especially insightful
as we can often get caught up in studying things too closely and
miss the point. Sheer repetition will help lead to more comfort
in odd times on the drums.
PROBLEM #4: I can't do a proper double stroke roll to save
FIX: REPETITION! Play that thing slowly, properly, and
for "long" periods of time, while gradually increasing
your speed. DO NOT CHEAT. Make yourself do intentional,
defined doubles. Chart your progress by playing to 16th's on a
metronome. In no time at all, you'll be GETTING IT.
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