Dealing with Genetic Restrictions

  • Posted on: 4 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about genetic restrictions and the impact that has my practice routines.

I know Thomas Lang explains "Creative Coordination" that he doesn't believe in "talent" . . . but that hard work will pay off for just about anybody. That's why he's reached such a level - through focused practice for many years.

However, people do have (at least) physical restrictions which prevent them from doing certain things. Or, it makes it a lot harder to master something, because progress is much slower than it can be for other people.

Progress is Not Linear

  • Posted on: 15 April 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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.

Virtual Practice with No Drum Set?

  • Posted on: 9 April 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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!

Q & A With John Shaffer at Woody Drums

  • Posted on: 26 February 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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"

  • Posted on: 21 February 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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.

Top Drum Performances of 2013

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Although it's impossible for me to hear all of the great material being published today, I'd like to share my favorite drum performances of 2013. Some of these are videos of concert footage, some are instructional DVDs, and some are albums which were released this year. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a suggestion which I have forgotten. I present these in no particular order.

Antoine Fafard with Gavin Harrison: Peace for 4

  • Posted on: 20 November 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Gavin's ability to respond and blend with music creates a very natural feel in the opening track of Antoine Fafard's new album, "Occultus Tramitis". What I love about this song is the how the beauty of the composition is supported by the complexity of each layer - the two bass parts, the guitar part, the violin lead, and of course Gavin's playing.