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Title: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Bart Elliott on September 03, 2007, 11:11 PM
What have you been working on in your recent personal practice times? Styles? Techniques? Grooves? Fills? Reading? Coordination? Speed? Time Keeping?

Share what you've learned or discovered in these practice sessions.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: 1Xanadu1 on September 03, 2007, 11:36 PM
Recently I've been going back to the basic rudiments with emphasis on technique. This is because my private instructor noticed that my technique is a slight bit off matched gripped. This is because after playing traditional in drumline for so long my left hand has seemed to take a curve when it is played matched.   
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: ayl19 on September 04, 2007, 12:17 AM
I've been practicing alot of different things. The things that i've focused on the most have been grip technique, rudiments and all those fundamentals. I've noticed a rather significant increase in hand speed since working on my grip and i can move around the kit with greater efficiency.

Been working on different grooves and trying to come up with some original ideas for grooves and fills. If any of you have heard the song 'glass arm shattering' by Porcupine Tree' i've been playing that alot. It's certainly not the hardest song in the world but in my opinion it is one of the most musical and tasteful drum tracks i've ever heard.... anyway, i've ripped off that little off-beat mushy hi-hat & bass note that Gavin plays throughout the song, (you'll know what i mean if you've heard it, not that others wouldn't have heard it or something similar before) i reckon it sounds so nice haha.

I've also been working on accenting polyrhythms with each of my hands. I realised a while ago that i really needed to pratice playing unaccented and accented notes on the same beat (simultaneously) while still maintaining a constant volume... ie. all of my unaccented notes are at the same sound level and so are all of my accented throughout a song. It's coming along well so far. I can't believe that i have neglected this aspect of my playing for such a long time!

All of this to a metronome of course... so you can throw time-keeping in there too.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Norris on September 04, 2007, 12:29 AM
Unfortunately my "practice" time is limited to keeping loose and "maintaining" what little chops I have.  "Life" prevents me from embarking on anything serious drumset wise right now which is a real bummer since I have several cool DVDs/Books I can work out of, not to mention follow-up video lessons with Bart I could do...

Fortunately, I do get "rehearsal" time with the praise band and the bagpipe band to work on songs, musicality, timing, etc.

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Tkitna on September 04, 2007, 01:45 AM
Honestly, i'm lucky if I can find the time to even sit behind the kit anymore. Music of any aspect has pretty much taken a backseat to life right now. Its a bummer.

The only playing i've gotten in lately is teaching my son some stuff out of the old Haskell Harr lesson books as he wants to join band since he's in the middle school now. Hopefully in a few years, he'll be teaching me stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Drum Slave Jack on September 04, 2007, 05:12 AM
Currently working on grade 8 music pieces for my exam in december. There are some really nice pieces in there, however, there are also some really silly ones haha.
Jack
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: bolweevil on September 04, 2007, 09:04 AM
I finally got George Lawerence's "Stick Control" last week, and have been working on the first few pages of that. 

Double rolls and paradiddles have been my rudimental focus the last month. 

As far as grooves: I've suddenly become a bit of a Steve Jordan disciple.  People in the audience seem to dance more when I try to play like him  :)

Also, I've been working on basic to intermediate jazz patterns. 
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: sumnerp on September 04, 2007, 09:33 AM
Lately, I've been very structured with my practice, and have been pretty good about getting in 2-3 hours a day.  I start each day focusing on hand technique.  I have just started focusing on grip and proper technique using full strokes, quiet strokes etc.  I practice Full, Accent (Full to Quiet), Up (Quiet to Full) and Bounce strokes without a metronome, followed by single and double stroke rolls and paradiddle and flam exercises at slow medium and fast.  I follow that with the first three pages of Stone (2 exercises per page at different cut time tempos) focusing on using a full stroke, at both high and low heights.  I just got "Its Your Move" by Dom Famularo and hope to use that and the Jojo Mayer DVD to start working on the Moeller method as part of my hand development.  I've found that spending a quarter of each practice session on hand exercises emphasizing proper technique instead of speed has made everything else that follows so much easier.

After hand technique, I move into drum set coordination, where I use Rod Morgenstein's "Drum Set Warm-Ups" to focus on technique and ability to move around the kit.  I started using this book about a month ago and it is simply phenomenal.  My fills have become much more solid, and I approach the kit in a completely different manner.  I have a few drum set coordination exercises given to me by a teacher that I work here too.  One, called the "Timpani Exercise" I've found very helpful.  It is deceptively simple, but can really help feel around the kit.  It is:

LRL (Snare) RL (Hi Tom) RL (Med. Tom) RLR (Low Tom) LR (Med. Tom) LR (Hi Tom)

And repeat.  To combat my problem of playing loud and fast, I purposefully play slow forte, and then fast extremely piano.  I can get this going really fast, and gets the blood flowing.  After that, I've been working on "4-Way Coordination" which is a mind altering book, although as others have pointed out, its very hard! I'd like to start adding in some polyrhythm study to this part of my practice, but haven't gotten to that yet.

Finally, I move into the grooves/fill portion of my practice.  I've been working on bop drumming using John Riley's book "The Art of Bop Drumming."  I spend 15 minutes or so solely on the triplet ride feel at different tempos, trying to undo years of rock and funk drumming.  I'm having a lot of fun with the jazz drumming, and it really has helped my timing.  Comping is still very difficult for me and I doubt I'll ever be an amazing jazz drummer, but I know that my band would benefit greatly if I was able to pull out a cool jazz section in a song. Then I've been working through grooves from Frank Briggs' "The Complete Modern Drum Set," and Tommy Igoe's "Groove Essentials."  I've been focusing on World grooves like Bossa Novas and Calypso etc. lately.  I really enjoy the Briggs book, which packs a lot of bang for the buck into it.  I'd like to start working on the linear grooves and odd time signature grooves from this book, but simply haven't found the time. The accompanying DVD is great, and whenever I get stuck, it really helps.  I find Igoe to be fairly irritating, but he has developed an excellent system that I hope others will copy.  Its great to have all of the songs to play along with to practice fills and groove alternatives etc.

After my groove work, I focus on learning new songs or playing along with play-along tracks.  I'm starting with a new band in October, who has a three hour set and whose songs have a lot of changing time signatures and different feels throughout a single song, so I have mostly been focusing on learning their material, both by playing along with recordings, and charting the material.  Once I have their stuff down, I'm hoping to start working on a few songs by the National, whose drummer has a really interesting linear style.  Also, once I advance with the bop drumming a bit further, I'll start incorporating that into this part of my practice.

Overall, I lay out a plan ahead of time, and try to do as little "jamming" as possible.   Once I have finished everything for the day, if I have time, I might just bang around a bit, but I've found that limiting that and pushing the envelope every day has really made for some quick advancement.  Bart's article about practice was very inspirational when I decided to take my playing to the next level, and the organization has really helped.  I also take about two lessons a month, which are generally focused  solely on proper technique.  I'm essentially deconstructing all the bad habits that had formed from years of only gigging and rehearsing.

I have the month of November off from work, and I'm starting now to lay out a plan for six hours a day of practice.  If anyone has recommendations to add to the above practice routine, let me know. I haven't decided if I'll just continue to use the same materials and expand the amount I do everyday from each, simply do two of the above practices a day, or start incorporating some of the things I mentioned above, along with some double bass drumming.  Honestly, I'm a slow learner, but I want to know how to do everything, which really helps with practice.  Anyhow, thats what I've been working on.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: NY Frank on September 04, 2007, 11:35 AM
I had been doing rudiment work.  But, recently I survived an audition and got into a band, and now I'll be spending the next coupla weeks almost exclusively on absorbing new material.  After that, I should be able to broaden my practice time again.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: felix on September 04, 2007, 01:32 PM
I've been working out of 3 books lately:

Fred Dinkin's "It's about Time"

"Stick Control"

And Vinnie Appice's "Rock Steady"

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Steve "Smitty" Smith on September 04, 2007, 02:18 PM
I'm working on my grip, rebound, and individual finger development -- all via Jojo Mayer's DVD.

What have I learned or discovered in these practice sessions?  I have a ways to go, and it's going to take a sustained committment to develop the speed, power, and control I seek.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: psdrummer on September 04, 2007, 03:37 PM
My practice hasn't been too disciplined lately, but I have been working on playing along to The Sound Of Muzak by Porcupine Tree, thanks to Modern Drummer's transcribe of Gavin's part (I'm a huge Gavin Harrison fan). I also tend to sit down and just improvise for about 15 minutes or so whenever I get behind the kit to just do whatever.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Bob Dias on September 04, 2007, 05:35 PM
In no particular order of importance, I have been spending more time on the following:

1) double bass technique.  I am late to this game, and my band mates want to do some songs that utilize it.  No matter how I approach it, it is like not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time for me.  So, I continue to slog away at "rudiments" with my feet.

2) I am spending more time learning to sing more back-up parts.  I already sing backup on many songs we do, but again, many vocal parts do not always follow whatever basic rhythm I happen to be playing. So, I am spending more time playing AND singing.

3) Timing in between "1"'s.  I keep nice steady time from measure to measure, phrase to phrase, and the back beat is solid, but sometimes I tend to push on patterns.  For example, we play the old Lita Ford song "Kiss Me Deadly".  The tom/guitar breakdown in the last 1/4 of the song, I tend to rush the tom accents on 1&.  I am always spot on as to where they start (1), but the "&" part in the dum-dum comes just a bit too fast...make sense?

4) Keeping a more consistant rhythm pattern with my bass (right foot).  Sometimes it (I) tend to wander as to what exactly it is playing.  This is sloppy and I need to be more consistent in the bass beat being played, not always so much live, but certainly when we record.  Some songs have been very good for me in that reguard...eg, Pink's "U & Ur Hand", some not so good...eg, Iron Maidens "The Trooper".

The above keeps be off the streets for now...Cheers, Bob
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: George on September 04, 2007, 05:52 PM

As a restarting drummer after very many years, I'm still working on regaining my former skills. I basically sit behind the kit with headphones on in which I play any not too difficult music, and I'm trying my best to keep the tempo and improve my fills and other tricks quite independently of what the band in my ears is playing, but something similar, and I strictly stick to the beat, that's most important.
Of course I also practise with the band I'm playing with about once a week, but learning their songs is not so important at the moment as gaining real confidence in playing anything that I'm able to.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: yankeeboy13 on September 04, 2007, 06:42 PM
I am about to be overworked with my school's marching band stuff for about 2 1/2 months, so sadly I won't get too much time behind the kit.

What I've been doing recently is playing along with a lot of music that I normally wouldn't play with to try to work out my own style.

I've also been working on some finger technique (which has always seemed awkward to me) and trad grip which is coming along well I think.

And rudiments of course.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: David Newman on September 04, 2007, 06:44 PM
I try to keep a well-rounded routine, but my focus lately has been on dynamic independence, e.g. playing a groove and doing crescendos and decrescendos with one limb at a time. I have also been working on dynamic consistency when it comes to back beats and bass-drum patterns.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: bholt on September 04, 2007, 09:16 PM
Triplets...it's a love/hate relationship lol.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: DoubleC on September 04, 2007, 11:34 PM
Since I started teaching, I've been practicing more.

1. I'm never satisfied with my groove playing so I've been working in Steve Bowman's book.
http://stevethedrummer.com/music101.php?#groove

2. Gary Chaffee stuff
- Compound Stickings

3. Shuffles
- Chris Layton stuff
- Alex Van Halen "Hot for Teacher" groove

4. Jojo Mayer Stuff from DVD

cc
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Ryan Culberson on September 04, 2007, 11:53 PM
Slow tempos applied to simple, common grooves.  By slow, I'm talking roughly 50BPM and below = quarter note.  Specific focus within that context would be consistent snare hits, creating mechanisms (Billy Ward style) to help subdivide the beat mentally, and creating sparse, appropriate fills to fit what ever groove I'm working on. 
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Animal on September 05, 2007, 05:12 PM
Been doing some work on my foot speed.  I know, I'm playing country now, but I've been watching Portnoy a lot lately and getting a little jealous of his foot speed, so I've been doing some work on paradiddles and quick runs with just my feet.  @$%# my calves are killing me!!!
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: ayl19 on September 05, 2007, 09:00 PM
PSdrummer:

Which issue of MD is that transcription in? I'd really like to see how accurately i'm playing it.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Chonson on September 05, 2007, 10:19 PM
A handful of things for me.
At a high level: General hand technique, and strengthening time.

The tools: Beatnik Analyzer, practice pad, metronome, drum machine.
The books: Stick Control, The Art of Bop Drumming, Time Awareness for All Musicians (Erskine)

The routine:
A few minutes of general stretching and sticking exercises to get kind of warmed up and awake, as it were. No metronome as this is just a physical warmup.
After that, metronome goes on. Various tempos. Either basic rudiments or the first three pages of Stick Control. Also try and work on smooth transitions between subdivisions -- eighths to triplets & back more than anything.
At this point I may swap to the Beatnik if I'm not happy with the time or really want to focus on my accuracy. This is usually a total bummer. :)

After a while, I'll switch to Art of Bop Drumming or Time Awareness and work on some jazz stuff. I will usually swap to my drum machine and play to a pattern I've got that's a bass laying down straight quarters, as opposed to the insistent click of the metronome. I'm still trying to get the feel and basic independence; sometimes I'll practice keeping straight time at various tempos.

My weak spots are hand speed and time, specifically rushing the spaces between notes. If it's evenly spaced, it's less of a problem. When you get alternating dense/sparse clusters of notes, I rush the dense stuff. I'm really trying to work on giving each note its full value and hitting everything with complete authority and not trying to sneak something in. Hand speed just isn't where it needs to be but gets better.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Bob Pettit on September 05, 2007, 10:57 PM
I'm gigging most weekends, so also try to play some every weekday too.

I usually sit at my roots kit and run through stuff that, if I don't play all the time, starts to deteriorate, like polyrhythms between feet and hands. I'll work a right foot cascara against a left foot clave while playing a guaguanco with the hands. Maybe do a 6/8 clave on the left foot against a 6/8 conga rhythm while playing 3-1 on djun djun with my right foot. I work to free solo across the foot rhythms, coming back to the original beats. The beats I work are compositions, an A part, a B part, a C part, then back to the A part.

Most of my stuff is my stuff, with a tip of the hat to afro-cuban. I keep working it, it's what I do.

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Scott on September 06, 2007, 09:29 AM
Since I'm constantly involved in different projects, I try and tailor my practice routine around the project that I'm currently involved in or have been hired for, with emphasis on any glaring weaknesses.  For example, if I get a call to do a blues or jazz gig and I have at least a couple of days or a week before the gig, then I might structure a practice routine around my hands and especially, the left hand. 

Then, since I have limited practice time, I usually try to come up with exercises that incorporate as many things as possible (i.e. killing as many birds with one stone as possible).  So in the case of the left hand work example, I might take Syncopation and use about four or so pages of exercises to read through while playing 16th notes with my left hand starting at around 90 or 95 bpm, and then play the written rhythms with my right hand while playing a songo bass drum pattern and 1 and 3 on the hi-hat.  I might work this up to just over 100 bpm while really concentrating on all aspects of the exercise:  making sure the left hand is relaxed and even, making sure all the limbs are lining up correctly and paying close attention to dynamics between the limbs.  So an exercise like this ends up working the left hand (both speed and endurance), independence/coordination, dynamics and reading all at once.  I might spend 30 minutes or longer on this type of thing, working at different tempos, using different ostinatos with the feet, and/or using different ways to read the written rhythms.  Then, each day leading up to the gig, I might try and improve on how long I play each page or pages (endurance) as well as trying to bump up the bpm by one bpm each day (speed and control). 

Then, depending on the kind of music I'll be performing on the project or on the gig coming up, I might work specifically on playing along to the music itself, or music within that particular style for another 30 minutes or so.  Overall, I can get a pretty efficient practice session within an hour each day if needed.  Almost 100% of the time, these types of practice sessions are done on a practice pad and even with brushes sometimes, so they can be done almost anywhere (I practice in my car a lot, which is also where I do all my singing practice, too).

If I have time, or feel I need extra work, I might work out of a specific method book for an additional 15 minutes or so and choose the one that is applicable to the project I'm preparing for (i.e. New Breed, Future Sounds, the Cirone book, any John Riley book, any latin rhythms book, etc.). 

That's pretty much what I'm currently working on in my practice sessions.  Most of my gigs these days are on hand percussion, so when I do get a call for drumset work, I find that I can still keep my hands and mind in shape through these types of practice sessions.  However, there's still a lot of stuff that I don't get to work on, including new things that I would love to work on and those are the things that would require a more structured and goal-oriented practice routine.  I'm planning on starting a more structured practice routine in the Fall, but again, it just all depends mostly on the current project/work at hand.   
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on September 06, 2007, 04:47 PM
I haven't been behind a drum kit since July 10. Arrrgh....

But, I've been working on a pad as often as I can squeeze in to a very hectic schedule of changing countries, getting married and redecorating my soon-to-be mother-in-law's house.

I've been working on finger strength and dexterity using various exercises, especially in my left hand. Combining this with work on my single-stroke roll. Working on open-close/push-pull/drop-point technique, Moeller and reduced Moeller from a low height and creating even subdivisions with this at higher speeds. Working on interlacing Moeller strokes to create various combinations. 

The finger exercises I've largely gleaned from Chaffee, and include playing successive groups of various subdivisions moving from one finger to the next. I'm also using a few things taken from Mayer's new DVD.

The open-close/drop-point technique I've been working on for a long time. In part because it was integral to jazz ride technique I studied with Jim Blackley. I'm working to maintain even sixteenths with both hands, using my right hand to help train my left. Also working this technique through a range of wrist/forearm positions from "French" to "German". I've come to understand, however, that for a long time I was fighting physics by having my hands too high in relation to the drum head. If I bring them down and get the stick as close to horizontal as possible when in the starting position, it makes this technique much easier to execute.

I've also been doing some "one hand clapping" while doing other things, and have been working on further training my left foot to tap eights and quarters with my heel while my right foot plays various patterns. I've been doing this when I'm just sitting around doing something else, riding in the car, etc. I've also taken the opportunity to listen to a lot of music and just absorb some ideas. For a awhile there on ships I was playing a lot everyday and when I wasn't playing the last thing I wanted to do was really listen intently to music. Now it's my only way out of the no-playing doldrums...

Can't wait until I get a kit set up again soon!




Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Paul DAngelo on September 06, 2007, 06:23 PM
Well, most everybody here has a lot more discipline than I do as far as working on particular components of their drumming.  I usually work on different styles (rock, swing, jazz, funk, etc.) more than I work on rudiments or sticking or something quite that explicit.  Working on different styles requires me to work on different aspects of my playing, so I think I get a lot out of my regimen.  Plus it helps me play the wide variety of styles that I'm playing in the 2 bands I'm currently in.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Paicey on September 08, 2007, 11:45 AM
Ive been working on getting Ian Paices single stroke as on Space truckin or Jerry Edmontons as on Move over (Steppinwolf) check that! out for a single thats near unobtainable. Im VERY impatient but am using Steve Smiths attitude to help when i want to throw my pad out the front window >:(. I dont know if anyone feels the same way but im now doing daily sessions with my left hand only. My left hand is thee culpret in my lack of ultimate achievement for this endeavor. My attitude now is hmmm?, so you dont want to conform lefty?, ill drill you daily until you do!!. I do see slow improvement but patients is NOT a virtue of mine. I love this thread!!. I can use this also as inspiration knowing that my drumming family is working on difficulties right along with me.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on September 08, 2007, 03:46 PM
I am working on my left hand and foot more.  I am also working on opening up my fills and backing off of the speed rolls.  Trying to put more air/space in my fills.  Spending more time concentrating on the meter and staying solid.
                           Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: lrac3 on September 10, 2007, 04:08 PM
I have been very inspired as of late. i'm reading Effortless Mastery by jazz pianist Kenny Werner.  It was referred to me by a sax player friend of mine. it's all about trying to get the ego out of your playing, and "liberating the master musician within".  i'm about half finished with it, and i'm really diggin' it.  it included a cd of "meditations" that serve as an aid to the book.  i highly recommend checkin' it out if you get the chance!
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: felix on September 10, 2007, 05:36 PM
I have been very inspired as of late. i'm reading Effortless Mastery by jazz pianist Kenny Werner.  It was referred to me by a sax player friend of mine. it's all about trying to get the ego out of your playing, and "liberating the master musician within".  i'm about half finished with it, and i'm really diggin' it.  it included a cd of "meditations" that serve as an aid to the book.  i highly recommend checkin' it out if you get the chance!

yep.  I read this book 3X

I've recommended it alot also.  Unfortunatley, everyone I've recommended it to did not like it as much as me.  It really worked great for me personally.

It's not for everyone I've found out.  Especially people with big egos  ::)  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: lrac3 on September 11, 2007, 04:23 PM
yep.  I read this book 3X

I've recommended it alot also.  Unfortunatley, everyone I've recommended it to did not like it as much as me.  It really worked great for me personally.

It's not for everyone I've found out.  Especially people with big egos  ::)  ;D
right on felix! i can honestly say i've been diggin' it. finding this book has definately come at the right time in my life. 
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: TheAudiophobe on September 26, 2007, 12:25 AM
I've actually been spending a lot of time transcribing my own drum parts for the tunes I play with my band, for a few reasons:

1) I'm going on a 2-week mini-tour to New Orleans (from Philly) this winter, so I wanted to really "say what I want to say", so to speak.

2) After said tour, we're going into the studio for a few months to track our first full-length track (with a producer - eek!). Granted, we won't be doing this til Jan or Feb, but why wait to really get my parts down? Besides, who wants to be beat-mapped, anyway?

3) Not only do I want to do the obvious "cleaning" that needs to be done with my own parts, but it also gives me a chance to really tweak what it is that I'm actually playing.

4) I guess in general, I've been really focusing on the clarity of my playing - both the notes and the message I (we) are portraying. Music IS art, after all :P.

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 26, 2007, 10:00 AM
I'm trying to get some feel back in my right (kick) foot. Before my accident I had a very good kick. I could play with feel from the ball of my foot and toes. But now I have to wear a plastic guard that goes inside my right shoe. It straps to the calf of my leg, then runs inside my shoe formed to my foot. Since I no longer can feel the bass pedal, I have to play purely by sound. Not an easy task but I'm getting the hang of it. (Not that I have a choice in the matter.  :P ) 
Last night I jammed with some guys for a couple hours. They sounded like they needed the practice more than I did.    ;D   But hey, at least it's a start to recovery and playing again.   ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on September 26, 2007, 08:31 PM
I'm trying to get some feel back in my right (kick) foot. Before my accident I had a very good kick. I could play with feel from the ball of my foot and toes. But now I have to wear a plastic guard that goes inside my right shoe. It straps to the calf of my leg, then runs inside my shoe formed to my foot. Since I no longer can feel the bass pedal, I have to play purely by sound. Not an easy task but I'm getting the hang of it. (Not that I have a choice in the matter.  :P ) 
Last night I jammed with some guys for a couple hours. They sounded like they needed the practice more than I did.    ;D   But hey, at least it's a start to recovery and playing again.   ;)
Hey Chip,
I am glad you are getting back into it.  Good luck and keep it up.
                       Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 26, 2007, 09:28 PM
Thanks Nutty! I'm very happy to be back with the DC gang again.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Anthony Manning-Franklin on September 27, 2007, 12:07 PM
Consistency consistency  consistency.

Did I mention consistency?

I've been starting all of my practices with Bart's endurance method. And the last couple of practices I've been sitting there playing a single stroke roll on the snare but rimshotting every hit and trying to make it sound as even as humanly possible. This has also made my back beat more consistent, but ever now and then I still miss the rim or the head. Tis driving me nuts. I also spend a lot of time running through all of my bands songs to a metronome, because I don't want to be the weakest link I'd like to be the strongest member of the band heh. In my previous bands I'd never really done the drummer thing properly, I'd often end up following the guitars rather then leading the time and locking in with the bass.

So far one thing that's really been driving me crazy is this one song with blast beats. It starts out ok, but then the snare wants to get back on the 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & when it should be on the E's and A's. So that throws the timing right off.

I've also been trying to get my set up perfect, so that with my condition I can get a great record-able sound. This has meant taking out all my float toms and only using a 16" floor tom and 13" snare. However I plan to replace the floor tom with a 14". I also replaced the floor tom's heads with EC1's for more and brighter attack, but I might see what Aquarian has.

I usually end my session with some jazz stuff, or a bit of a Bonham impersonation, just as a fun treat. Often/consistently interrupted by a call from my girlfriend  ::)  :o
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: David Newman on September 27, 2007, 11:28 PM
After doing my best to make myself visible here in St. Louis, a little work is starting to present itself. I've been really trying to reinforce my repertoire lately because I've found myself drawing blanks on melodies when tunes are called and I don't like to just fake it with the form unless I have to.

I also joined a jazz/funk trio that is pretty interesting, so I have been trying to work on my rock chops a bit more. I discovered that all of the straight-ahead jazz turned me into a pretty light player, so I'm making a conscious effort to dig in a little more when it's appropriate.

My brush playing is passable, but I admire great brush playing so much that I really want to push myself in this area more. It's been on my mind as well.

I have been focusing on the exercises from Jojo's DVD as well, particularly in regard to isolating all of the individual muscle groups from pinky to shoulder and making sure they are all working for me.

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Jim P on September 28, 2007, 06:46 AM
I am working on getting my 12 year old in the position to be able to audition for Eastman in 6 years.  He's definately on the right track.   Yahooooooooooooo
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on September 29, 2007, 07:09 AM
As of right now, I am playing with 3 bands and church. The last band I got envolved with plays great Classic Rock songs and a great list of Modern Rock songs so I am learning about 45 to 50 songs. 20 or so I have never played before but the newer venture has been together 15 years and just needed a drummer. In a previous thread, I went to jam with them and Chris kinda interpreted it as an audition.  I guess I shouldn't have made a comment to help the singer.  Anyway, they called me back and we have jammed again and are already booked for two gigs in October.
                             Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: felix on September 29, 2007, 08:59 AM
"das dahble bass shuffle"  and we can even use it as an ostinato yah!

Triplets, millions of triplets for you and for me.

And we even dahble de dahble bass triplet yah and make it a sextuplet *according to Einstein's theory of relativity*

General rock and rolling, groove and bluez drumming  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: drumsonly2002 on September 30, 2007, 08:44 AM
Double kick fills, endurance and heel up/down techniques. Also the first solo in the book Modern Rudimental solo's for the Jazz Drummer.  Working with metranome at various tempo's. Trying to get into stretching before practicing, something I think is greatly over looked. Reading as much as possible about drums and watching a lot of DVD's. The heavy lifting in effort is the feet work outs, and snare work.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: smoggrocks on October 01, 2007, 03:57 PM
sadly--not a stinkin' thing!

haven't been into it. but this past weekend, i started getting that urge to rock out, so i suspect i'll be jumpin' in the throne soon enough. when the weather gets colder, i tend to practice more. you have more limited hang options, so it gives you lots of opps to jam.

i need to hit some shows, too. that's always a good motivator.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on October 01, 2007, 04:46 PM
sadly--not a stinkin' thing!

Seconded... In my case it's a combination of settling into the UK (nowhere to practice, yet), filling out immigration forms, redecorating my mother-in-law's house, getting married and having my family here from Canada... All of this = no drum time.

But, the wedding's over, the decoration done and the folks go home on Wednesday. I hope to get some time on a pad Wednesday afternoon. I can't wait.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Louis Russell on October 01, 2007, 05:56 PM
sadly--not a stinkin' thing!

Yep, welcome to my world.  Not much since November.  I hope that will change in a couple of weeks but as the doc said "we will see."
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on October 01, 2007, 07:11 PM
Yep, welcome to my world.  Not much since November.  I hope that will change in a couple of weeks but as the doc said "we will see."
Wow Louis,
I thought you were close about the first part of September? Sorry to hear that the doc is still making you hold off. Hopefully all this healing time will pay off?  Still praying for you man.
                                    Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Chris on October 02, 2007, 06:31 PM
I am a pretty religious practiceaholic so apart from drumming as "work" (gigs, learning songs for gigs, arrangement, pupil practice materials blah blah etc. etc.) my practice has been mostly spent developing chops and solo ideas. Recent favourites have been phrasing six-note licks as 32nd notes with occasional 16th note phrases thrown in for good measure. For example, I might play a certain 6-note lick four times then fill the last quarter with four 16ths. Or I might play two 16th notes, two reps of the 6-note phrase, two more 16ths and two more 6-note reps. And so on. Mixing up different 6-note phrases and voicing them in interesting ways has also been a lot of fun.

Also, lots of licks and ideas incorporating bass drum doubles. Stuff like RLRRLL RLKK phrased in all sorts of rhythmic groupings.

Er... what else? The obligatory groove/time study, the cornerstone of any drummer's practice. Jazz stuff. Latin stuff. Pad stuff, focusing mainly on rudiments and endurance exercises. Great thing about the pad is you can pretty much do it whenever you like, for example during the endless waiting before a gig.

Tomorrow I'll probably look at some interesting grooves I "borrowed" from a fellow drummer as well. Good times - I've still got the bug.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Hank Gagnon on October 05, 2007, 09:07 PM
i seem to be locked in on double strokes. i do try to expand on it. it has done wonders with playing on the set. single strokes and doubles.  1 or 2 hours each day.
Title: Currently working on ...
Post by: Bart Elliott on October 17, 2007, 10:24 AM
Yesterday I spent an hour on Doumbek, going over the basics as well as expanding and embellishing several grooves that I'm playing with an artist I'm currently working with.

Also spent an hour on Congas yesterday. Did some warm-ups, working on the basics, then developing several Afro-Cuban grooves around the set of three Congas. I'm going to start working with a Latin-Jazz group here in town, sometimes playing Congas, sometimes playing drumkit, sometimes a hybrid of the two.

Today ... I think I'm going to work with brushes as well as focusing on my jazz drumming.

Hey, this practicing thing is kind of fun ... and rewarding ... I think I might try doing it a bit more often.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on October 17, 2007, 10:49 AM
Working on tuning, learning to build a small business (i.e. teaching, gigging, teching, etc.) and trying to be on the internet less, doing things that further my music/career goals more.  ;D

On that note...
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Christopher on October 17, 2007, 12:10 PM
Ive been working on the Igoe Groove Essentials stuff lately. Digging on the Latin and World stuff.

Now, this big Irish Gringo can Merengue like a mad man!   ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: GimmeABeat!! on October 17, 2007, 12:52 PM
I had arthroscopic surgery on my hip last week, so I'm concentrating on just hand technique for at least a couple of weeks. I'm working on my Moeller strokes, finger technique, single and double stroke rolls and some exercises from the "Stick Control" book. I've been watching the excellent JoJo Mayer "Secret Weapons For The Modern Drummer" DVD and doing some of his exercises, too. Lots to keep me busy while I convalesce.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on October 17, 2007, 01:35 PM
Hope you heal quickly GimmetheBeat,
In a thread about 4 months ago, I was talking about a band that I went to jam with.
It was not supposed to be an audition.  The lead singer was very good.  The whole band was really good. I was really enjoying the session until he sang some Stevie Ray and it was flat and I told him about it.  I have been singing lead vocals on Stevie stuff for over 12 years with another group I play with. Anyway, it took the wind out of his sail.  In the Thread Chrisso kinda didn't care for the way I handled it and now that I look back, I should have kept my mouth shut probably.  I now know that they have been playing together for over 15 years and have been without a decent drummer for almost 2 years. Their old drummer got Cracked out and they couldn't deal with him anymore.  Anyway, I guess they liked my drumming enough to look past my comment and I got invited back to jam with them two weeks ago.  We are on session number 3 and a brand new giant song list for me to learn.  I have been cramming.  We have already got a wedding to play this Saturday and a Halloween Party to play on the 27th. It is refreashing to be learning new material.  Lot's of Creed, Three Doors Down, STP, Alice and Chains, etc. and some older but great classic Rock like Molly Hatchet, Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Poison, Black Crows.
The other thing is that they didn't pick easy ones either.  Some of them are odd Meter songs. So this is what I am currently working on. The only thing I can say now about the way the first jam session went.  Now they know how I am and we seem to be working well together.  The lead vocalist has already started talking to me about doing the singing on a few songs that I am good at. After we get these two gigs out of the way, we will concentrate on booking the local clubs and anything else that pays ;).   
                     Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: gnarkill on October 18, 2007, 08:31 PM
Personally my hands satisfy me.. speed technique.. and control... its my feet i am bothered by.. i have good control.. over triplets, quad movement, and just steady beats (double) but its the speed development that is killing me.. my band keeps getting faster and faster and i find on some of our new stuff i am kinda struggling to keep up!!! honestly any suggestions from any of you guys would be MUCHO appreciated I NEED SPEED seeing how im a death metal drummer lol.. what is the secret of all these guys who's feet sound like a freakin machine gun?
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: dzionix on October 19, 2007, 07:51 AM
hello ;) i'm working actually at gospel stuff. you know, fills grooves, crossovers, fast and power singles with hands, and fast doubles (32nd) with single bass. i've been inspired by gospelchops.com Jeremy Haynes eric moore, skeeter, lil smith, and one of my favorite Billy Kilson. when i'm working to it, it gives me speed, power, coordination, original ideas... sometimes i use them when i play with a bigband...
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: DoubleC on October 19, 2007, 07:01 PM
Working on tuning, learning to build a small business (i.e. teaching, gigging, teching, etc.) and trying to be on the internet less, doing things that further my music/career goals more.  ;D

On that note...
I'm in the same boat Boomka.  I got laid off in August from Wachovia Bank. I did get a 6-month severance package.  So I'm trying to pursue music full time (teaching, gigging, teching, etc.) too. 

I've been working on a practice routine (technique, reading, styles & soloing) suggested by Steve Houghton on the Vic Firth site in combination with some suggestions from Bart.

The hard part?  So many things I need to get better at....here's my list:
-Stick Twirling
-Cascara Patterns
-Odd Times
-Chaffee Series book (ie: tap strokes, stickings, etc.)
-6/8, 3/4 grooves
-Unison Exercises
-Swiss Triplets
-Quarter Note Grooves
-Brushes (Clayton Cameron Book)
-Jazz Exercises (Alan Dawson book, Syncopation)
-Double Bass
-Music (play along stuff, "Lay It Down" tracks)
-Displacement/Permutations (Gavin Harrison book)
-Tommy Igoe book
-Ostinatos
-Clave (El Negro book)
-Future Sounds (David Garibaldi book)
-Pat Petrillo's book

I target the areas that relate to my gigs and teaching.  Then, I set aside some time for the styles that I don't get to play.......like the latin and jazz stuff.  It's tough because there's only so much time in the day. 

I'm having a blast though.  It brings me back to my teenage days when that's all I did was practice. 



Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: David Newman on October 19, 2007, 08:09 PM
I'm still very much in brush mode, and my practice has been paying off quite well. Just in the last few weeks my brush playing has taken a big leap forward in sound and control, and I got a great complement on it last night from a local jazz singer who wants to do some gigs.

I'm also working on learning a whole three hour set of originals for a new band that has a gig coming up, and I bought that Tommy Igoe book for something to play along with as well based on the word of mouth on this site. It is a ton of fun!
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on November 15, 2007, 01:32 PM
Working on "The Commandments of R&B Drumming" by ZORO.
Not so much for the Blues stuff because that is all I played for awhile.  More for the Motown flavor.
Been playing With Marvin Gaye, EWF, James Brown, Commadors, Stevie Wonder type stuff. Also, like  Nuclear, I've been working with some brushes and I have found that I can almost practice them after my kids go to bed :). Atleast so far, no one has complained.
               Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Louis Russell on November 15, 2007, 07:26 PM
Been playing With Marvin Gaye, EWF, James Brown, Commadors, Stevie Wonder type stuff. Also, like  Nuclear,

"Whats Going On" Nutty  "I Feel Good"  Like a "Brick House"  and "For Once In My Life" I am "Getting Through" but for now Im "Outta Here"  bound for "Paradise"

Sorry, sometimes I cannot resist putting song titles together. 
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on November 15, 2007, 08:01 PM
"Whats Going On" Nutty  "I Feel Good"  Like a "Brick House"  and "For Once In My Life" I am "Getting Through" but for now Im "Outta Here"  bound for "Paradise"

Sorry, sometimes I cannot resist putting song titles together. 

Yea Louis,
You got a bunch of them that I am working on.  "Whats Going On", "I Feel Good", "Sex Machine", "Brick House", "Mercy Me", "Superstition", "Higher Ground", "Shining Star", "I wish", "Sir Duke", "Chameleon",Maybe "Sexual Healing", Maybe "Super Bad", Maybe "Get up off of that thing", and we have done a few that I have never heard.  Some songs to get them moving.  Once you get them moving, they will dance to anything. We have also funked up "Show Down" by ELO, "Love the one your with", Steven Stills, "After Midnight", Clapton. I actually got to watch Omar Hakim perform "Chameleon" at PASIC.  It was a great drum lesson for one of them I am working on.
I am really having a bunch of fun with these.  Even a Rod Stewert song or two ain't so bad.
Reading some of your posts about song lists, I would say you have done a whole Bunch of these?
                              Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Louis Russell on November 15, 2007, 08:14 PM
Once you get them moving, they will dance to anything.

That has been my experience also.  Sometimes the hard part is finding what will get them moving. 
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on November 15, 2007, 09:31 PM
I'm learning about soundproofing and acoustics and making plans for a DIY conversion of our garage.

Preparing lessons for new students.

Marketing my playing and my teaching in my new area.

Working on finger strength/dexterity in my left hand.

Continuing work on interlacing Moeller-style multiple strokes and my single-stroke roll. 

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Paicey on November 18, 2007, 12:48 PM
For about a week now ive been trying to crash on time and smooothly coming out of a fast double stroke roll to a metrenome or song on the radio. I need a Beatnik thing.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: MonteChristo on November 18, 2007, 09:20 PM
Well being the resident newbie My workouts may seem a bit elementary.

Rudiments on a pad
"Stick Control" excersises on a pad
I also recently bought Jojo Mayer's DVD "Secret Weapons"

Stick control and just a moderately fluid left hand are my goals for right now... They seem quite elusive.

On the weekends I get a little time on the kit. This is my play time, when I get to try new/different stuff. I usually just put on the cd player and jam along trying to keep time more than anything... but definately playing not working. Just trying to get the feel, not even trying to duplicate the drum parts on the CD. That will come later... I told you I was a beginner.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on November 20, 2007, 06:18 AM
Well being the resident newbie My workouts may seem a bit elementary.

Rudiments on a pad
"Stick Control" excersises on a pad
I also recently bought Jojo Mayer's DVD "Secret Weapons"

Stick control and just a moderately fluid left hand are my goals for right now... They seem quite elusive.

Hey, don't get down on yourself. No need to apologise for just starting out. The above looks a lot like my workout and the workout of many other pros. Even after many years,  some of the material stays the same, and even some of the goals. It's all in the operative words, like "fluid". ;) I'm working on the fluidity of my left hand, too. I'm also finding the fluidity I would like elusive. It's a matter of degrees. Keep at it and avoid the pitfall of measuring your progress in hours and days, rather than in weeks and months.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Brett Sheaffer on November 20, 2007, 11:33 AM
I'm working on trying to sound as good recorded (i.e. when I listen back to my playing) as I sound in my head while I'm playing.

Like MonteChristo talked about degrees, I'm better now than I was 20 years ago... but I know I could do better.

One specific area in which I suffer is what I like to call "Tourette's timekeeping" (no offense to any of you who may suffer from the actual syndrome).  What happens is I'll be just playing along, minding my own business, when <HICCUP>... Suddenly a muscle will forget what it's supposed to be doing, and it will rebel against what my brain is telling it to do, causing a fraction-of-a-beat shift in audible time.  Usually, my inner metronome gets me back to where I should be without much fanfare.  But it's still a frustration and embarrassment for someone who's been playing this long.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on November 20, 2007, 11:58 AM
I'm working on trying to sound as good recorded (i.e. when I listen back to my playing) as I sound in my head while I'm playing.

Good luck! I think you'll find a lot of people are after the same thing...  ;D

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: MonteChristo on November 20, 2007, 11:34 PM
Thanks for the kind words Boomka. Not down on myself at all I just believe in candor. I can see that I'm in the presence of some accomplished drummers.



Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: felix on November 21, 2007, 06:54 AM
I can see that I'm in the presence of some accomplished drummers.

You got that right  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: NY Frank on November 21, 2007, 09:20 AM
I'm working on trying to sound as good recorded (i.e. when I listen back to my playing) as I sound in my head while I'm playing.

Like MonteChristo talked about degrees, I'm better now than I was 20 years ago... but I know I could do better.

One specific area in which I suffer is what I like to call "Tourette's timekeeping" (no offense to any of you who may suffer from the actual syndrome).  What happens is I'll be just playing along, minding my own business, when <HICCUP>... Suddenly a muscle will forget what it's supposed to be doing, and it will rebel against what my brain is telling it to do, causing a fraction-of-a-beat shift in audible time.  Usually, my inner metronome gets me back to where I should be without much fanfare.  But it's still a frustration and embarrassment for someone who's been playing this long.

I'm in the same place.  I occasionally suffer from the same thing.  I also have a couple of other things that occasionally slightly mess with the time:
- Listening to what I just did.  [No time for that]
- Occasional imperfections in the timing of my bass notes, from a weak foot that was inactive for too many years.

I'm working on it.  I insist on improving.  :)
Recording myself really smacked me in the face.  Hard.  Painfully.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Brett Sheaffer on November 21, 2007, 11:21 AM
I'm in the same place.  I occasionally suffer from the same thing.  I also have a couple of other things that occasionally slightly mess with the time:
- Listening to what I just did.  [No time for that]
- Occasional imperfections in the timing of my bass notes, from a weak foot that was inactive for too many years.

I'm working on it.  I insist on improving.  :)
Recording myself really smacked me in the face.  Hard.  Painfully.

I think we must have been separated at birth.  The bass drum thing is like deja vu for me.  If only I had worked as hard with my feet as my hands... but they're not as good as I want either!
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: felix on November 21, 2007, 02:01 PM
Lots and lots O' recording thank God.  I just try and zen out while just playing the tune- it falls into place.  Watching the snare drum and having consistent targets are very helpful.  The cymbal crashing is more forgiving, pretty tough to miss if you hang enough of them.  Very happy, didn't miss my splash either  ;D.

It took a few sessions but I'm hitting my stride (for me) again.

The groove and meter are good.  I'm playing measured and not too much but allowing for some expression.  No stick clicks, nuthin' dropping, no freaking out (too much), but it takes me time to work it out.  It's werk fer sure.

I don't beat myself up but I substituted some sextuplets for trips and was much happier with the outcome.  I'd rather record easy stuff that I'm comfortable with than practicing backwards patterns anymore.  I get a lot of satisfaction out of smooth good sounding playing.

I came out of a really nice fill at the end of a tune and was so excited I about put my foot thru the kick drum on the "1".  The level meters didn't really change but boy one can sure hear it.

I think I'll leave it alone.  :D

It's good Practice!
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Hank Gagnon on November 21, 2007, 09:19 PM
i have been practicing rudiments and double strokes, plus whatever pops into my head.  been doing this 5 days a week. it has improved my drumming dramaticaly. in fact just fooling around doing double strokes and mixing in singles does wonders.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Paicey on November 22, 2007, 01:11 PM
Good luck! I think you'll find a lot of people are after the same thing...  ;D


Dont you just hate when your recording and your thinking dam! im happening, then you listen back and ask someone for a kleenex to wipe the tears away or have the overwhelming urge to throw yourself in traffic!.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Mark Counts on November 22, 2007, 06:14 PM
Dont you just hate when your recording and your thinking dam! im happening, then you listen back and ask someone for a kleenex to wipe the tears away or have the overwhelming urge to throw yourself in traffic!.
No not really.  Man, I hate to say this but I don't feel that way.  I have almost recorded every band live for so long that I am used to it.  Recording a song in it's early stages, any mistakes are so noted and fixed and should be better next time. Almost everything I put on my web site is recorded live. What I sent to Blues Radio UK  a few years ago was live. The song that FAT JANE did called Make Believe on my web sight was done in a studio and I did the drums in two takes with no click track. I did the vocal track in 3 takes. It is not a pro studio but it is not bad. I love to record all the time, it forces you to try to always do your best. It is a great way for me to fix what is broke and then make it better. If I give the band a copy of themselves they come back next time playing it better too. If you just rehearse then the moment is gone.  If you record it, you can go back and see what you really did.
                             Nutty
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Johnny Matlack on November 26, 2007, 02:41 AM
I've been working on just trying to generally improve technique... I've been working rudiments with the bare hands, Mike Mangini style (but not QUITE as fast!), and then for grip/motion mechanics following Murray Spivack's stuff. And then for my feet working on patterns using the "heel/toe" motion.

I haven't really had my head in any books for awhile... I'm really just transcribing my own ideas lately and trying to "assign" myself coordination challenges that I'll actually use in my playing repertoire.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Todd Knapp on November 26, 2007, 12:56 PM
Dont you just hate when your recording and your thinking dam! im happening, then you listen back and ask someone for a kleenex to wipe the tears away or have the overwhelming urge to throw yourself in traffic!.

I can barely listen to a recording I've done with any objectivity for several months.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: Bob Dias on December 15, 2007, 08:53 PM
three things most recently...

1) continuing to work on double bass patterns in a effort to add that to my arsenal

2) I play enough guitar to be dangerous...I picked up two Chris Smither songbooks for studying three-finger picking blues techniques (ala lightening hopkins)

3) I picked up an Alesis io/14 firewire interface and am now learning how to laydown my own tracks and songs

those should keep me off the streets this holiday season...Bob
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: bolweevil on January 19, 2008, 11:09 AM
I can barely listen to a recording I've done with any objectivity for several months.

I have the exact sort of neurosis: upon listening the next day, with my memory fresh of exactly what I wanted to play, I am unhappy with the recording.  Weeks or months later I give it another listen and think that was actually pretty good, but I don't play exactly like that anymore!!!  It's a circle of high expectations and the self-bashing belief that I'm never my best in the present moment (until later, of course).

But as to what I've been working on: the Mozambique and applying it various ways to the kit (that pattern even sounds good on a chair!), getting back to basics with paraddidles and their permutations, and working the sticking out on the kit for interesting sounds.  And I'm attempting to apply Stanton Moore's RRLRRLRL in a non-stiff sounding way (which has been a challenge for me).

And I've been working on ways to keep a nice groove during exceptionally slow songs, which is another thing I really need to work on.

Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: AutoCrat on January 21, 2008, 01:51 PM
For the most part of 2008 I want to develop my drum blog. I want it to be able to help any drummers about areas that they are not comfortable with. (  http://drumpag.blogspot.com/]http://drumpag.blogspot.com/  <-- for the interested)

At the same time, develop my ability to give good explications of what I do to people who don't have a clue about drumming.   <-- That one's going to be hard lol
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: dannydrumperc on January 28, 2008, 10:32 AM
I got a call for salsa gig where the band leader wants a drummer instead of a timbalero. So I've practicing the timbale parts from a drumset approach - adding kick and hi hat, left foot clave, etc - so I don't sound like a crappy timbalero imitator.
Title: Re: What are you currently working on?
Post by: a_read_so_deep on January 31, 2008, 11:48 AM
yeah im working on doing polyrhythms. those buggers get me.