Drum Practice

How to practice like a pro…even when you just bought your drumsticks

Drum Practice
New drummer? Now, I'm not saying that you should skip the routine practice of rudiments and beat counting...if you want a strong fundamental. However, doing routine practice along can kill our interest in the drums pretty quickly. So, here's a quick tip to keep that motivation game strong. Play randomly to backing tracks! Backing tracks are simply music tracks with a missing instrument. They are more commonly used by pianists or guitarists. But hey, drums are an instrument too. Quick Tip - Select backing tracks with music that you are not familiar to Choosing the hottest song on Spotify to start with is a BAD idea. Trust me. You know the song, you know how its played. But... You're a beginner and have no idea how to play it. Everything will sound off. Eve...
3 Things to Note when Practicing on Your Drum Pad

3 Things to Note when Practicing on Your Drum Pad

Drum Practice
Ok, so after getting over the excitement of finally having a drum practice pad to start my drum practice at home with, it was time to start practicing! (If you missed it, here's my review of the Vic Firth 6 inch Single Sided Drum Practice Pad) Yay! There probably are many ways to practice using a drum practice pad, but I started with the rudiments. A little recap on drum rudiments (For a quick guide to drum rudiments, here's a previous post that provides a introduction to rudiments) There are 40 drum rudiments - basic beats and rhythms commonly used by drummers. These rudiments are found in all types of drumming, hence some may not be as useful to us personally. Vic Firth's website has a great guide on the 40 drum rudiments with accompanying videos too. However, the videos
Drum Rudiments – The First Step to Learning the Drums

Drum Rudiments – The First Step to Learning the Drums

Drum Practice
It's time to start learning to drum! Drum Rudiments are basic beats that make up all the cool drum patterns that we hear. They are the foundation that all drummers should know. To build a strong drumming foundation, always include some time to practice rudiments. 40 Essential Drum Rudiments! There are 40 different essential drum rudiments, which means we will never get bored. YAY! A good guide to the 40 essential drum rudiments I found is: Drum Rudiment Dictionary. It's a great reference for basic drummers. Although the shape of the book is kinda wacky: These 40 drum rudiments were compiled by the Percussive Arts Society International and are used in different styles of drumming. You can download the rudiments and print them out at PAS' website: Percussive Arts Society