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Practice Tips – For Drummers

The golden rule for practicing is consistency. It’s better to practice 10 minutes every day than 3 hours once a week. We learn through repetition so as you would expect, the more often you practice the better you will become.

Here are some other ideas which you can incorporate into your practice schedule:

1) Each practice should have a goal to accomplish. Start a list of these goals and start your next practices reviewing your previous goals before tackling a new goal.

2) Start each new skill slowly and only add speed when you have it down cold.

3) Consider drum lessons – this alone will accelerate your skills more than you can imagine.

4) Record yourself to identify areas which need extra attention.

5) Use a metronome to check your meter is dead on.

6) Use energy, concentration and have fun.

7) Be patient – the more difficult the skill the longer it will take to perfect it.

8) Occasionally play along with your favourite songs and try to master the skills displayed. You will benefit from songs of various speed, complexity and styles.

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Constructing a Solo – For Drummers

The most important advice for drum solos is keep them short and have a plan.

The following example is a blueprint (plan) to help you create a winning solo. If you lack experience and/or skills, I would recommend waiting until you have something exciting to offer.

Firstly choose your favourite beat and between 5-10 of your best skills ( ex. triplets, quads, stick twirling, etc.). Think of the solo as playing the beat steadily for a couple of minutes with the skills being dropped in every 10 seconds, saving your best skill for the end of the solo. In between skills create interesting variations of the beat using all the pieces of your kit.

So here’s how it would look with each section being approximately 10 seconds: Beat, skill, beat, skill and so on, until all of your skills have been played. You want a strong finish so play your best skill last. Solo’s are the time to show off your abilities including stick twirling, double kick drums, playing with your hands and creative ideas such as hi hat and cymbal skills, rims, etc.

Remember to keep it short, keep it high energy, and have fun.

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Equipment Tips – For Drummers

Some drummers find it useful to keep a checklist for supplies and maintenance of their drum kit(s).

Sticks-keep a good supply of your favourite sticks handy for recording or playing live. If you notice cracks or severe wear grab a new pair.

Cymbals-use a good quality cleaner-especially when playing live or if you are being photographed or filmed.

Keep your drums dust free so they look their best. Tuning may go out due to changes in temperature or humidity. Let the drums sit in the new environment for as long as possible and only tune them at the last minute before recording or playing live. Periodically tighten all components in the kit including cymbal stand settings. Buy high quality drum heads which will sound better and last longer. Many Pro’s keep a second snare on standby in case of a broken drum head during a performance or recording session. Neil Peart (Rush) has his snare head replaced for every performance.

Occasionally check you drum cases if you tour/travel a lot. Also check other items such as electronics, headphones/ear pieces, fan, clean towels, clean water bottle, drum stick wax, etc.

Maintain your kit and it will perform trouble free for you for many years.

Power Drumming Canada coaches beginner, intermediate and advanced drummers to be the best they can be.