Starts June 1st 2017
“What gets measured gets managed” – Anon
– Time and time again I see students frustrated at not having the ‘hands’ to play their favourite groove/song /fill/solo. Worse still not having the know how and a plan to fix these deficiencies.
What should I practice? How do I practice? I never worked on the rudiments. How do I stick to a practice routine? How do I get results from practicing? How do I know if I am improving?
Like all rudiments, singles are incredibly simple… or infinitely difficult.
It’s one thing to know what ‘singles’ are and go around hitting RLRL. It’s quite another to get an A+ on singles and have world-class hands.
Reality check: Our drumming heroes did not get their phenomenal hand speed/technique by chance or luck. They worked at it and played… a LOT!
We all have to start somewhere and why not start at the beginning. The first rudiment we all learn and one that you can’t avoid… SINGLES!
Goals/Aims of our 30 days together:
* Get back into drumming (I’ve personally had a long injury layoff)
* Create and stick to a routine
* Build on success/positivity and not constantly bang your head against a brick wall.
* Change how you think about and approach the instrument
* Learn a practice template that you can adapt to any area of your drumming (or life).
* Improve accuracy
* Build speed
* Enhance theory understanding
* Start to grasp bigger picture drumming/music concepts
* Learn how to use subdivisions
* Lock quickly into changing tempos
* Improve stick technique
* Become aware of ergonomics
* Learn the benefits of regularly recording yourself
* Organically & SLOWLY increase your endurance/ability/understanding
Some people I credit for making me turn things upside down and think!
Any or all of these people are worth serious time and attention.
– All former teachers and band mates.
– K. Anders Ericsson (internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance).
– Tommy Igoe
– Mike Johnston
– Benny Greb
– Tim Ferriss, ‘The Tim Ferriss Show’ (Podcast)
– Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics Podcast.