What is It?
The Drumometer was originally developed to detect a drummers hand speed, but quickly became a very useful teaching tool. As both pros and students alike began testing the Drumometer, it became apparent there was a misconception concerning speed, power, stick locations, volume, finesse, control, muscle tension, larger muscle groups vs. smaller muscle groups, stick weight / size, consistency, rebound and endurance. The Drumometer shows tangible evidence of these combinations that will not only produce speed, but increases endurance, dexterity and a more relaxed comfortable playing style.
How does it work?
The purpose of the Drumometer is to measure a drummer’s hand or foot speed and offer a means to visualize your practice routine. Drumometer does this by counting the total number of strokes a drummer can play within a preset time (1 – 900 seconds). The drum trigger or direct hook-up carries an electronic signal to the Drumometer. When the practice pad or drum is struck, the timer immediately starts counting down and the counter records each drum stroke or tap until the desired time has elapsed. When the timer reaches zero (00) the DRUMOMETER stops, the Zero Tone Alert (ZAT™) will sound through the internal speaker or optional headphones, and the number of strokes played is displayed. For a new attempt, press the red RESET button or remote footswitch and the Drumometer resets the counter to zero (0000) and renews the desired time. Note that if the metronome is running during this time, it will also shut-off when the timer reaches zero and will re-start when the red RESET or REMOTE footswitch is pressed.
The Drumometer is capable of measuring a drummer’s speed on 4 primary devices:
1. By direct hook-up to the Drum-O-Pad (Internally Triggered Electronic Drum Pad),
2. By attaching the supplied Drum-O-Trigger to a Remo (or similar tunable type) practice pad,
3. By direct hook-up to most electronic drums,
4. By attaching the supplied Drum-O-Trigger to a heavily dampened (muffled) drum.
“If you want to measure your progress… The Drumometer is a unique and fun
way to do it… see for yourself” – Maria Martinez (Instructor P.I.T)
The Inner-Clock Test
The Inner-Clock Test checks your concept and grasp of internal time.
BASIC LEVEL : Start off by setting the metronome at 120 bpm. Next, set the Drumometer at 10 seconds and play sixteenth notes. If they are dead-on, the Drumometer will be at 80 DM (DM = Drumometer Marking). Take it up a level by setting the metronome at 133 bpm and the Drumometer at 30 sec. and play sextuplets for 30 seconds. The Drumometer will be at 399 DM if you are dead-on.
ADVANCED LEVEL: Start by getting inside yourself and trying to find 120 bpm without the metronome! Again play sixteenth notes for 10 seconds. If your Inner-Clock is perfect the Drumometer will be at 80 DM. Now repeat exercise C without the metronome. How is your Inner-Clock? This advances to wherever you want to go say, 7’s, 9’s or 11’s at 97 etc.
*See how the drum o meter is used in speed drumming
and the World’s Fastest Drummer competition (WFD).
Stick Control Exercises
The next procedure can be used to increase your proficiency with any rudiment, sticking, or pattern, and can be used in conjunction with any of the exercises in George Lawrence Stone’s Stick Control. For this example, the Single Stroke Exercise is illustrated.
With the timer set at 10 seconds play your singles at a very slow pace. Be sure to take good full strokes and keep the pace even. Repeat this process three or four times at the same pace. You should hit the same Drumometer Marking (or close to it) each run if you are keeping a consistent and relaxed pace.
Pick a slightly faster pace and follow the same procedure as in A. Repeat the procedure in B until you have gradually reached your top speed. Things to remember about your top speed are this: NEVER strain your muscles or play all tensed up. Your strokes should be consistent and not flurries of playing of notes. You should have good posture and your top speed may vary from session to session, but if you follow this routine, it will have a definite upward slope over time.
Repeat A-B with the timer now set at 20 seconds, then 30 seconds, and so on, until your reach your peak speed at 90 seconds. Gradually work your way up the time ladder so as to increase your endurance in a healthy way. Remember if you are doing this correctly, your top speed will be the same for every 10 seconds of time. For example, if you are running singles at a top speed of 100 DM for 10 seconds, then you should run about 200 DM for 20 seconds, 300 DM for 30 seconds, and so on as you go up the time ladder.
Even strokes should be your goal. You can watch the counter as you play to see how evenly you are striking the pad. If the counter stutters, you should make an immediate correction to how you are striking the pad so as to achieve the desired flow from the counter. You will notice your hands starting to look and sound more alike as you do this routine over time. (Note: contrary look = contrary sound). You will also notice you can play longer and more consistently with less effort which is the goal of proficiency.
“The Drumometer is an infectious and essential device for developing one’s control,
speed and accuracy, and is a definite breakthrough in technology.
A MUST HAVE for drummers who are serious about improving!” – Zoro