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.