and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
I wanted to start a thread wherein those who are interested could share tips on how to improve their drumming skills by sharing what has been most impactful that resulted in breaking through walls, rising above plateaus, getting unstuck, moving forward when it seemed impossible, getting re-motivated, getting back on the drums after a stay-off, or just in general what was the one particular thing that made your drumming get better.
I understand that this section of the forum is generally set up for the purpose stated above. However, in this thread it is an offer for anyone concerned to more specifically positively nicely share with others directly what is been the most, or amongst the best, methods, or anything else, that is had dramatic improvement upon their drumming.
I think the above quote by Bruce Lee kind of says it all. There is no "done." That's my opinion. In the opinion of some others. It would be related to that opinion, as an opinion, the buddy rich and is and was still improving, and could still improve. I assume if somebody lived to be 1 million years old, which I can reasonably say: trust me that's I can happen; that person would still have something to learn. So I don't think there is a "there," (i.e. I am there), to reach, as there is always another 'there' an inch away.
If anyone wants to input into this constructive thread, please graciously do so.
Either way, I will post periodic tips that I picked up, that have shifted my drumming, in major ways, not so much the incremental things. (Not that incremental things don't count; of course they do).
I make no claim to be any sort of master drummer. Like everybody else, I'm doing the best I can, and wherever I am I am. I do not compare myself to others, I simply strive to do the best I can, and drumming, and all else that I do.
I do teach drums. That does not make me cool or special. Great drumming skills, and a really cool suit, will get you right on an airplane, with a ticket. Otherwise, expressing the aforementioned, is probably not going to cut it, at least for most of us, normally.
I've been playing a long time, and I very humbly share what I know with others, with no pretension of any sort of superiority whatsoever. Master the drums; die anyway. I have a sort of philosophy: don't take anything, or anyone, that's going to die, too seriously. It really kind of makes sense, if, you think about it.
And since I'm not too technically oriented in so far as intricate electronic drum issues, and am frustrated insofar that I cannot contribute too much to the technical stuff on this webpage, which seems to predominate, this is one way at least I can contribute. And that makes me happy.
There were some major things given to me by some much wiser and more knowledgeable than me.
Starting with the rudiments, many of us have found these crucial to being better drums, and have been for a long time, for us, and those who came before us.
Playing rudiments as written, by some masters, naturally is a good thing. I was guided by some higher minded people to tweak the rudiments and play each one differently in some way. Just for instance, adding an accent on the second quarter notes, or whatever pace you may be playing in a, of a paradiddle, accent, or cheese-add a single stroke roll, on the second third or fourth note, or even the first note.
Modifying the rudiments can be done with that same format above generally by adding an accent, a single hand roll, double handrails, double hand actions, triple hand, or four notes, etc., or, doing the same with flams, or drags.
As well, try playing all the rudiments with your feet. Then, break up the rudiments between your hands and feet. Come up with combinations with all four limbs eventually. If you take time and do it right, it will greatly increase your four-way limb independence, and ability to express yourself more dynamically and fluidly.
If you do not understand what I'm saying, now, or in the future, feel free to PM me and I will gladly explain. Or you can post a question here.
Please do contribute.