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    What to Practice

    For those of you that have caught yourself saying, "I don't know what to practice"
    ...Drum Bum has solved that problem for you. - Enjoy!


    1. Listening (concentrated "listening" to music, not just "hearing" it)
    2. Drum Method Books (Chapin, Latham, Chaffee, etc.)
    3. Styles (rock, blues, funk, country, jazz, latin, swing, reggae, etc.)
    4. Groove playing (and making it feel as good as possible)
    5. Drum Rudiments (do you know all 40?)
    6. Stick control (George Lawrence Stone books etc.)
    7. Dynamics
    8. Song form (AABA,ABA, etc)
    9. Tuning Drums
    10. Playing with a click or drum machine (also playing behind/ahead )
    11. Sightreading (books, charts)
    12. Soloing
    13. Playing over the bar line
    14. Odd Time
    15. Finger Control (this should come "after" basic hand technique)
    16. Moeller Technique
    17. Transcribing Drum Beats
    18. Two handed riding on cymbals
    19. Linear patterns (within the groove and soloing)
    20. Left hand lead
    21. Double Bass Drum
    22. Fast tempos
    23. Electronics (familiarize yourself w/the latest midi equipment)
    24. Drum Instructional Videos
    25. Studio techniques (mic placement, effects, etc.)
    26. Odd groupings (3’s, 5’s’ 7’s and 9’s etc.)
    27. Polyrhythms
    28. Beat displacement and/or Metric Modulation
    29. Shuffles (funk, rock, 2 hand shuffles etc.)
    30. Showmanship (stick twirling, standing on your head)
    31. Practicing your drums in front of a mirror
    32. Recording yourself and listening back (This is a big one!)
    33. Creating your "own" patterns and ideas
    34. Join a drum forum online, ask questions and get inspired.
    35. Tehais (A figure repeated three times evenly in a phrase)
    36. Filling around accent patterns
    37. Practicing extremely slow tempos
    38. Continual linear triplets around the set
    39. Continual linear 16th’s around the set
    40. Work with recordings that feature Music Without Drums
    41. Blast Beats, with simultaneous double bass drums
    42. Motion exercises (reference Steve Smith's video)
    43. Left hand and foot isolation
    44. Drum physiology and ergonomics (Extremely important!)
    45. Read drum publications... drum magazines and such for inspiration
    46. Brushes for snare drum
    47. Cymbal technique (which one to hit, when, how hard, etc.)
    48. Augmentation and Diminution

    The list goes on and on. You should never justifiably be able to say,
    "I don't know what to practice".

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