Many drummers sound great when playing on a practice pad but don't sound nearly as great behind a set of drums. That's because they've spent too much time practicing "static" speed and not enough time practicing "dynamic" or what I call "mobile" speed.
This series is designed to help you increase your mobile speed around the drumset. It is based on my concepts of Tension Free Drumming, which allow you to play at maximum speed, power, endurance, and precision while maintaining exact control over each stroke. If you missed any of the previous lessons, I suggest you work on them before moving to this one. They are designed to work best when practiced in the proper order.
After studying the written exercise, watch the video clip. I first demonstrate the optimum method of playing the exercise slowly around the drumset. Then I show you how it sounds and looks when played up to speed. Although it is not easy to move around the drumset without tensing up your muscles, it can be done - with enough practice!
Single Hand Practice Is Important
This is the third lesson in the series that requires you to play around the drumset using only one hand at a time. Moving around the drumset using one hand is not easy to do. But when practiced enough to build these drills into your muscle memory, you will find that going back to using two hands around the kit is much easier than it was before. But that's coming up in our sixth and final segment. For now, just keep on working each hand separately around the drumset.
Until next time: Stay loose and have fun!
Tiger Bill Meligari