Last week we looked at getting in tune with our goals. This week, we get specific. This is a quick and easy 20-minute practice routine generator - just fill in with your own material, go forth and shred.
"Why bother?" you may ask.
The answer is: drums are too much fun to play. What do you do when you sit behind the kit? Practice rudiments and time exercises? Most people don't. More likely you play some beats, some fills, maybe throw on some music and play along. You know, have fun playing music. I do it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. You might even say it's the entire point of what we're doing here.
If you're looking to improve your playing, that's not the most direct route. Bad habits can creep in. You're probably going to stay in some kind of comfort zone and not get around to fixing the stuff that's holding you back. Most of us will spend way more time on the stuff that's easy for us (you can do it well and get to feel good about it) and skip past our weaker areas (annoying, frustrating, confusing, no fun).
So maybe today you have a half hour, you haven't gotten to play for a while so you just mess around for a while. Tomorrow you'll practice that stuff. Tomorrow comes and goes, the day just kinda got away from you. The day after that you meant to play but there are people around and your drums are too loud. Next thing you know it's a week later........ repeat.
It's kinda like exercising. Throwing a basketball around once a week is better than getting zero activity. It's fun and good for you. Just - you're not likely to build all of the necessary skills to play on a team that way, let alone a competitive league. If you want to dominate the court (or the kit), you'll have to work smarter and harder. We're going to start with smarter.
This is your secret weapon. Your personal trainer. This will force you to get organized and address all of the aspects of your playing, while making the most efficient use of your time. Because it's not even about how much time you put in. You can play every day for your entire life and never make it out of the basement. It's all about how you spend your time. With focus and commitment, you can do great things. This will get you started.
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