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 Post subject: Practice Regimen
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:59 pm 
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I just picked up Stick Control, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer and The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson. Any of the illustrious drum instructors in our little community have suggestions for a good practice routine using these materials?

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 Post subject: Re: Practice Regimen
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:38 pm 
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Stick Control can be mangled all day into different exercises.
For instance...take page 1 and 2.

1. Play the patterns with your hands as written.
2. Same thing with the feet.
3. Try at 60, 90, 110 and 15O bpm
4. Split between the hands and feet. R is bd, L is snare. Then switch.
5. Try the hand/foot combos over different cym patters. (Quarters, 8ths, 16ths, swung)
6. Pick a foot ostinado....luke a samba or mambo...and play the hand patterns over that.
7. Play a rock groove and play fills made of the stickings.

8. Make grooves out of the stockings. Some will work, others won't.

That should need you busy for a while!

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 Post subject: Re: Practice Regimen
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:24 am 
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Awesome Tom! I'll give that a shot. Now I just have to do some studying to learn what an ostinado is! :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Practice Regimen
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:15 am 
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Ostinato: A pattern or melody that is constantly repeated throughout the piece, usually in the same part and pitch. Two great examples of such would be the snare drum part in "Bolero" and the low brass/strings in "Mars."

Tom covered Stick Control, which is one of the best books out there. I would add a suggestion that you repeat each measure phrase about 20-30 times a piece. The trick is, if you mess up, go back and start over from the beginning. It's a challange, as much in the music as it is in self-discipline.

I'll suggest some uses for Syncopation, a book I used very heavily in my private lessons and personal study.

1) Play a rock groove with the hands and play the patterns with your feet.
2) Starting on pg. 31 (I believe), play a swing groove with RH and left foot on hi-hat. Cover the patterns with your left hand.
3) same as above, instead play the patterns with your bass drum.
4) " " " , but play the 8th notes with the snare, and the quarter notes with the bass drum. And vice versa.
5) Play a samba groove and cover the patterns with the snare. You can split them between the snare and top tom by playing 8th notes on snare and quarter notes on top tom.

That's just a few ways. Trust me, they are chop busters.

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