Double Bass Drumming Explained Part 2: The Workbook

  • Posted on: 15 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Ryan Alexander Bloom has published a follow up to his first book on double bass drumming. While the first book explored double bass techniques from a conceptual level, this second book is a library of exercises to master the techniques explained in part 1.

You can get a copy of both books at

Ryan Bloom

Melodic Motion Studies for Drumset

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

In the past, I've struggled with coming up with drum fill ideas off the top of my head. Oftentimes, it's hard to just work with three toms to create something that sounds interesting and not too 'drum-tastic'. In many cases, simply applying rudiments and moving your hands around the drum set sounds flat-out terrible. In addition, you can end up with awkward motions which result in slamming your sticks together or hitting rims at EXACTLY the wrong moment.

So, where do you come up with ideas?

Jeff Salisbury

Warming Up Before Grabbing Your Sticks

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Have you ever wanted a fast and effective way to get your body loose before you start playing? I know that my playing feels much better when my body is nimble and ready to respond.

You might not know, but my *other* hobby is Olympic-style weightlifting. That means my body HURTS all the time. It's a constant battle to keep it relaxed. In my sport, if you're not getting looser, you're getting tighter.

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!