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Deciding What to Practice on the Drum Set

  • Posted on: 19 March 2012
  • By: sheldonkreger

One of the tricky things about being a drummer today is the abundance of educational materials available. With so many options for my practice sessions, I'm always overwhelmed. Sometimes I feel like I want to rail the kick drum. Other days I just want to pound on my practice pad. Here's a breakdown of the process I go through to make the most of my practice time.

Maintenance VS Development

Musicians, athletes, scientists, engineers - really any high ability individual - is going to face the challenge of maintaining a skill set. If you've ever jumped into a math class after some time out of school, then you know what I'm talking about. All of the details of algebra are going to be gone, and you'll need to spend some time refreshing your memory before you can expect to learn new concepts.

Double Stroke Roll Techniques

  • Posted on: 4 September 2011
  • By: sheldonkreger

Double strokes are a fundamental movement used on the drum set. By playing two strokes with a hand, we open opportunity to move the opposite hand to another part of the kit. However,there are many ways to play doubles on the drum set.

The first way to play doubles is by using simple rebound to force a second hit. As the stick bounces up, we restrict the motion and actively squeeze and push the stick back into the surface of the drum. Although this is probably the easiest way to get doubles, there are many shortcomings to this technique. The second stroke does not come through as clearly as the first, which can give a roll a strange lope. Things sound uneven and often sloppy. Another problem is that there is no way to force this motion on a soft surface. I almost never use this technique because there are much better ways to play doubles if you spend some time developing the skill.