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The more practise you do the better you will get. Just think about all the time you spend watching rubbish on TV; this is perfect drum practise time. In truth, if you put in 15 minutes a day you will improve. If you put in 30 minutes a day, you will improve more and so on. The most important thing is to keep focused and work on the things you can't do as well as those you can do. It's common for younger students to require a little parental coercion to get them practising. Those aiming to progress rapidly should put in about 1 hour (or two 30 minute sessions) a day.
Playing to a song you like or to a metronome can be very beneficial as this will help improve your timekeeping skills. Just make sure the tempo isn't 'blisteringly fast' or it won't help at all. Counting aloud is also something worth practising to keep your playing even.
It's always a good idea to warm up at the start of your practise session; first try the single stroke roll (RLRL) remembering to hold your sticks the correct way and to keep your wrists loose. Count as you go.
WafflesPosted by Richard Thu, August 20, 2015 20:02:58 After many months (well, almost a year) of preparation, which involved removing all of the fixtures and fittings of a kitchen, I have finally moved into my new drum teaching room. Here's Joel pondering the wonders of "Odd One Out" from the Trinity College Grade 8 syllabus. Or maybe he's just appreciating the delicate shade of yellow I chose for the walls?
WafflesPosted by Richard Sat, March 07, 2015 11:07:33 I don't get too many opportunities to play my Sonor Kit. As is the case for many drummers, my best drum kit remains in cases most of the time. The Sonor SQ2 is a top of the range kit and it sounds amazing. This one has maple shells and a Rosewood veneer and I'm using Istanbul Traditional cymbals (good for rock) and a 19" Zildjian Constantinople crash ride (good for jazz).
I'm Richard, your verbacious drum tutor, here to talk about drum stuff (at least once a week). I've never managed to keep a blog going before (having a Facebook page is bad enough), so if I manage to write something relevant on a regular basis that'll be a first.