I love learning from other drummers – even if they are not drum kit players. A type of drumming that I have always admired is drum corps. If you want to learn drums, I would encourage you to take some time looking at how these guys build up their chops.
I have been studying some of the drills that are practiced and trying some of them out on the practice pad. I’ve already noticed an improvement in my playing. Here is a link to some of the drumming drills that I have been playing.
If you’re a drumkit player and think it is just plain boring playing one drum – think again! Once you reach a certain level, there is just so much that you can do. Have a watch of this video – the guy just blows me away!
My Past in a Military Band
I did play in marching band when I was in Army cadets as a teenager, but we didn’t have a structured way of learning how to play properly – we didn’t even learn rudiments! I did enjoy that time though, and I did get to play in front of crowds at firework displays, carnivals and of course, Remembrance Day Parade.
How About You?
Have you found that playing different styles has helped you to learn drums? If you have, I’d be interested in hearing from you.
This week I have been focussing on trying to improve the speed of my double stroke rolls. Even if you have been playing for some time, it is sometimes worth revisiting the basic drum rudiments to see if improvements to technique can be made.
You are probably already familiar with the fact that the double stroke roll is played with two strokes of the right hand followed by two strokes on the left, like this: RRLLRRLL. The strokes are played evenly and cleanly.
The Key to Playing Fast Double Stroke Rolls
At lower speeds, you will be pushing down on each of the double strokes. But as you speed up there will come a point where you cannot play any faster using this technique. The key to playing faster is to use a controlled stick bounce for the second stroke – although you only play with one downstroke, the drum is struck twice.
I have been concentrating on starting slowly and building up to greater speeds. There comes a point where there is need to change technique from ‘individual strokes’ to ‘bounced strokes’. This so-called ‘breaking point’ should be clean and imperceptible from the listener’s point-of-view.
The key to the bounced double roll technique is stick control. I find that by slightly tightening the grip on the stick it is possible to a faster bounce, whereas a slightly looser grip will result in more delay.
Below is a video that you may find useful in your practising of the double stroke roll.
The Advantages of this Technique
This ‘bouncing’ technique does take a little bit of practice, but is worth persevering with because it can open up allsorts of new possibilities for your playing. If you want to play jazz it is essential for your playing technique but even rock drummers will benefit from adding it to their chops.
I have now started practicing the exact same technique but with the triple stroke roll. A little bit more challenging but I’m seeing improvements already.
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This week I’ve been practising the single stroke 7 drum rudiment. This is a great little pattern to practice and it can be developed into quite fast patterns that can be played around the kit. The video below shows how it should be played. As always, it’s a good idea to start slowly and ensure [...]
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This week I’ve been practising the single stroke four rudiment. It is composed of 4 stokes – three sixteenth note triplets followed by an eighth note. You can see how it is played by watching the video below Improving the Rudiment I have found that I can play this rudiment accurately and at a decent [...]