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 Post subject: Lesson - Independence Exercise And Applying It Musically
PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:34 pm 
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Here's the second lesson that I posted on youtube last year. This one is an incredibly helpful independence exercise that one of my first teachers gave me (thanks to Scott Foley!), and then a demonstration on how it can be used musically. Enjoy guys and gals!


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 Post subject: Re: Lesson - Independence Exercise And Applying It Musically
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:45 pm 
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Nice video. Good independence exercises for improving the limbs, and it was an entertaining demonstration as well.

Just a few things. I respectfully disagree with your definition of "independence" as "doing multiple things at once." A 4-on-the-floor beat, under that definition, would be called independence. What you said is closer to the term "coordination" and all of what that entails. I think that a clearer explanation of independence, as it pertains to drums, would be as such:

"Independence is the skill of playing two or more different rhythms across two or more different combinations of limbs simultaneously." Namely, independence is the skill acquired that allows a player to play what they want, when they want. As such, Independence and Coordination are often used interchangeably, but this is also misleading. I see coordination as "playing one or more rhythms in tempo."

I also disagree with the statement at the end: "If it's not challenging, then it's not worth playing." My drum line roots are showing through and wanting to beat you over the head with our .726" diameter sticks! By that logic, the wisdom of "Less is better" is completely wrong. Of course, the argument could be made that everything one plays is challenging, regardless of difficulty. But let us be realistic for a second, do you really find the basic 2 + 4 groove challenging? I sure don't, and yet I play it all the time. Do I find the most basic warm-up of all time, 8-on-a-hand, challenging? Heck no, but you will never see me touch a kit or a drum without playing that warm-up a few times beforehand.

Why? Because we, as artists, must retain a foundation to our technique. Without a foundation, we have nothing to grow from. Building a strong basis comes from diligent practice into refining the technique we use until it's second nature, but after that, we keep doing those same exercises to maintain our current level of playing. Over time, they will become less of a challenge, until it's no challenge at all. However, we maintain the core of exercises to keep our foundation strong, so that WHEN we grow and tackle more and more challenging exercises, we have the core that we have built to stand on.

Anyway, my two cents!


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 Post subject: Re: Lesson - Independence Exercise And Applying It Musically
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Nice lesson covering the basics man!

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