Make Practicing Fun While Improving Your Reading & Technique
By Tim KamakGeorges Music
Whenever I practice, it has always been helpful to change things up in order to keep my interest and build my creativity! A while back I was looking to improve my technique, ghost strokes (very quiet taps usually on the snare drum), and reading, when I was given this very fun and helpful tip. Hope you enjoy it!
- First, start out with a simple/easy reading page of quarter notes and eighth notes, (if it has rests, thats ok too.)
- Next, on your snare drum, VERY SOFTLY (as soft as you can absolutely play), play a R L R L sixteenth note pattern (no accents).
: Always start out slowly
- Now read down the page as it is written, while keeping the SOFT sixteenth note pattern going, but ONLY accent the notes you are reading.
: Notice when reading a page with only quarter and eighths that everything accented will fall on your right hand (left is youre a lefty!).Once you have successfully accomplished this, change things up by:
- Adding a reading page with sixteenth notes. Remember although you are playing SOFT sixteenth notes continually, you will only accent the ones dictated on your reading page. All others should remain SOFT.
- Moving the reading page accents around the toms while always returning the in-between notes to the SOFT sixteenth note fillers on the snare drum.
*One book that is good for this lesson is: The Reading Drummer by Dave Vose/Hal Leonard and Berklee Press. Just $9.95 at Georges MusicGood luck and alwaysHave Fun!
Tim Kamak is the lead manager at George's Music in West Palm Beach and can always be counted on for big smile and a helpful attitude.