|March 07, 2021|
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MAKING PRACTICE TIME COUNT
Nothing about learning to play drums (or any instrument) is as misunderstood as practicing, and nothing else about playing the drums is as important to understand.
Practicing is the method we use to solve problems. It takes us from not being able to play something to being able to play something and the faster we can go from inability to ability the better. In all my years as a teacher and in all the observations I have made in my career, it has become obvious to me that practicing correctly is the most valuable skill any musician can acquire.
Early in my days as a student one of my most important teachers, George Goneconto, really hit the nail on the head when he said, "you don't know how to practice". It was something I had never considered before! Until then, practicing had meant sitting at the drums and wailing on them for an hour or two with very little direction or purpose. I discovered that with a clear direction you could really make practice time pay off.
When tackling something we can't play there is a series of steps to follow to go from I can't to I CAN!
2. COUNT OUT LOUD AS YOU PLAY!
EVERY DAY FOR BEST RESULTS
Follow these steps and you will be a better drummer faster!
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