Progress is Not Linear

Something strange happened tonight.

Last week I decided that I would start a loading phase at the gym. This means training heavy 10+ hours per week (and lots of added recovery time, extra sleep and so on). Therefore, I was only drumming for about an hour each evening. I didn't bother warming up, I just jumped into reading the Gary Chester book with a system I came up with. I'd also spend 10 or 20 minutes on improvising over the Thomas Lang Cooridnation Matrix ostinatos I already know.

Solo In Style Volume 1

I recently had a chance to speak with Mark Powers, who has published a fantastic new book called "Solo in Style - 6 Drumset Etudes for the Beginning/Intermediate Drummer".

Mark Powers

Virtual Practice with No Drum Set?

Drumming is a way of life, but not all drummers have the chance to start their training while still young: very often people start to feel the urge of expressing themselves through drums in their adult life, when school and college time have passed, and they have the time and freedom to find their personal way of expression.

Most adults begin their drum lessons for beginners with exercises, which increase the perception of time and improve the ability to read sheets music. From there forward, the key to succeed is just practice, practice and practice!

Single Stroke Roll Progress

I have struggled significantly with bringing my single stroke roll speed above 16th notes at 175 BPM. This morning, I was able to hold 16th notes at 185 BPM. This was a result of consistent, daily work for many months (about 5 months). I found that my speed really leveled off for most of that time.

ProDrumBlog Featured on Musician's Friend

I was recently contacted for an interview article on the Musician's Friend blog. I'm featured along with some other great drummers and share some of my thoughts about buying gear. Check it out!

Special thanks to April Bone for putting this piece together.

Q & A With John Shaffer at Woody Drums

While there are many small drum manufacturers today, there are many unique needs for all of the different styles of music people play. The truth is that you need different tools for different jobs, and some companies make drums that are really great for some styles of music, while others may have strengths in other styles. However, we all know that high end instruments can be expensive, which often forces drummers to settle for less than the best. And, when you need multiple kits for different kinds of music, you're starting to develop a pretty demanding burden on yourself.


Sponsor "A Drummer's Perspective II"

A few months ago, I reviewed a book by David Phillips called "A Drummer's Perspective." Now, David is using Kickstarter to fund his sequel project, "From the Riser: A Drummer's Perspective II."

The book features beautiful, full color photos of the drum sets played by today's drum legends. Not only does it show their drum sets, but it shows the audiences they play for, as would be seen from the stage while the drummer is performing.

Means End: The Didact

Recently, I have been focusing on a style of music which was only brought to my attention a few years ago: progressive metal. I started traveling down this path after a friend sent me a link to the Disperse album "Journey Through the Secret Garden." Being a huge jazz fusion junkie, I immediately found myself immersed in the complexity of the syncopated guitar, bass, and drum parts, and fell in love with the variety of guitar tones, combined with often esoteric keyboards.

Nick Pierce and Breath of Nibiru

Nick Pierce is a master of fast, synchronized double bass drum playing. I love the power he projects, and the precision with which he executes the parts. Very few drummers achieve this level of control of the instrument, especially using all four limbs at this tempo. The Paiste Rude's sound amazing, too (as does the Tama kit).

The video below is a detailed explanation of his tracking techniques for Breath of Nibiru.

David Maxim Micic: Bilo 3.0

It is not often that I feel obligated to use the term 'masterpiece' to describe an album. However, when I do, it's always exciting.

Bilo 3.0 is truly a masterpiece. By this, I don't just mean that the songs are good, the playing is amazing, and that the production is excellent. Instead, I mean all of those things, but to a higher level.


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