Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Quick Drum Exercise

Hey everyone, I actually got a decent amount of e-mails off of my "How to Practice" Blog that I wrote a little while back so I figured that I would take a little time a share with you a drum exercise that I've been working on recently. I've found that it's quite helpful in building independence and just filling in your playing.

I actually stumbled upon this while learning Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain". When I had a hard time doing the "tradition shuffle" I decided to go into the studio and just spend a day working at it. So I started with this..

Basically I just played that for about 30 minutes to an album (even if the song was in 4/4 just make it fit and use the song as a time piece).
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Kay, so after about 30 minutes I was feeling that this pattern had become 2nd nature so I started adding in kick.

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and lastly I changed the hand pattern slightly to involve a flam tap

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Finally on the kit after learning different patterns well. (Keeping time on the hi-hat in quarter notes or eighth notes)

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The drumbeat should ALMOST feel like the "Purdie Shuffle" if you are unfamiliar


Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is a great great man.. extremely entertaining to watch.


Hope this helps some of you

Talk soon and keep practicing!
Sincerely
H


2 comments:

Rich said...

H,

That video was awesome!

Rich

H said...

Yeah, Purdie has tons of charisma and really is an amazing drummer. The guy has played on like 4,000 studio albums. So you've definitely heard him on something hehe.