Ghost notes?

Posted: September 28, 2010 12:21 PM

BelleRF

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Hey guys,
I’m a pretty young drummer (14) and I was just wondering how to improve my ghost notes? What I’m doing right now, for practice, is a single stroke roll with one hand doing ghost notes and the other doing reg/accent notes…anyways it doesn’t seem to be improving at all. The thing that happens is I start playing a groove and sorta forget that I’m doing ghost notes so they start to sound like regular notes smile

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Posted: September 28, 2010 12:33 PM

Andy Doerschuk_1

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Are you playing your ghost notes like quiet, short pressed or buzz rolls?

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Posted: September 28, 2010 03:42 PM

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First let me say that your signature is awesome! secondly, try to play stuff from Porcupine Tree. It’s not gonna come easily to you but if you keep working on your dynamics with single rolls and open rolls you’ll get it. as always, the basic rudiments with dynamic differences help too. practice single double and triple paradiddles with ascending and descending volumes. It’ll help trust me.

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Posted: September 28, 2010 09:49 PM

Pass.Of.Era.

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How do you play them? Do you simply let the stick drop? Or do you lightly hit the drum head?

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Posted: September 29, 2010 08:53 AM

BelleRF

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I’m not quite sure but I play them basically like a regular note except quieter and lighter.

Thanks! I love that verse. I’ll try that,  I haven’t ever heard their music but I love Gavin Harrison’s style.

I hit the drum lighter.

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Posted: October 14, 2010 11:38 AM

bigbeat

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Try keeping the ghost notes near the edge of the head, with the backbeat in the middle.  This will help with volume and tone.

Double check the verse, P150:5.

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Posted: October 14, 2010 12:15 PM

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Practice 4 or 3 stroke rolls. Once you get good at those, 2 stroke rolls and buzz rolls become a piece of cake, and ghost notes should happen naturally. Start of slowly and gradually increase tempo as you feel comfortable.

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Posted: October 15, 2010 09:43 AM

Andy Doerschuk_1

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At this point in my drumming career, it’s hard to imagine playing any beat without using ghost notes. It’s become second nature. As far as I’m concerned, ghost notes have perhaps the greatest influence over the “shape” of a groove.

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