Is There Room for Multi-Pedal Drumming in Genres OTHER Than Metal?
I'm going to come out of the closet today - I AM A MULTI-PEDAL NERD. Let it be heard far and wide - I LOVE TO PRACTICE FOOT PATTERNS AND TECHNIQUE. However, there is a catch - and I have another embarrassing trait to reveal - I DON'T LIKE METAL MUSIC. Or, I like very little metal music.
Is this Contradictory?
Yes. The things that my body likes to practice and what my ears like to listen to are almost completely opposed. Most of the best double-kick players are playing metal - and that's pretty much it. However, there are a few exceptions which stand out, and have inspired me to keep practicing, even though I don't play any heavy music.
1. Thomas Lang
2. Marco Minnemann
3. Virgil Donati
4. Grant Collins
5. Terry Bozzio
The Endless Predicament
So, here I am, every day, wondering what I should practice during my limited time behind the kit. What goes through my mind?
"Sheldon, you don't play metal. You play jazz, hip hop, and pop music. Put the Thomas Lang book away and pull out The New Breed."
In this very moment, I'm already changing my mind.
"Sheldon, Thomas Lang is one of the few drummers alive who is truly progressive. His drumming (along with a few others) is pushing the boundaries of human capacity, and opening a whole new field of creative expression. After all, you DO want to push to a new level, right? It would be sooooo cooooool!"
I fought the second urge for a long time. Now, my groove is in the pocket and I'm ready to step it up to the next level. In other words, I chose to focus on the practical drum skills until I had mastered them (or, at least I'm happy with how my groove feels). Now, I get to step into the advanced material and see how it feels.
In the past, I did spend a few hundred hours working on double bass material. Again, it's been the basics - clean, smooth singles at different dynamic levels. I've also spent some time pushing for speed, but I've never been too serious about it. Just enough to feel it out and realize how awesome it is to practice. Now, I'm primed and ready to rock.
In my next post, I'm going to discuss my plan for learning this advanced material.