The Lands Rumbled
The Lands Rumbled
FOREVER THE STUDENT
Sharing an in-depth exploration into the dark arts of drumming. As a craft, a physical and mental pursuit, a personal meditative tool and a thrilling connection to both the audience and fellow musicians.
Become Great at Practicing Drums
Learning to practice well is the drummers most important skill. We explore techniques for guiding ourselves through productive, challenging, mildly uncomfortable but rewarding practice sessions, that leave us better than before we started, and inspire us to return.
16th-notes, The Pillars Of Creation
Gaining control over your hands and feet is all about doing the simple things well. 16th-note subdivisions provide great structure for delving into the basic drills we need to train in order to develop strength, speed, endurance and finesse.
The Conductor With Four Batons
The coordination between our hands and feet is learned by methodically challenging their relationships to each other. Continuing with 16th-notes, these exercises begin to develop four-limb independence and give us a small taste of freedom.
Deconstruct and Master Daunting Patterns
Buried within some special rhythms is a tome of valuable ideas and skills, there to be cracked open and absorbed. Starting with swinging triplets, we deconstruct one such pattern and absorb the deep sense of feel hidden in it's many variations.
Taming the Left Foot with Ostinatos.
Often the hi-hat pedal is under-used because adding a fourth rhythm is hard and the pedal is often controlled by our weakest foot. With work, we can forge the left foot to be both an anchor and to add new depths of flair. Ostinatos help us develop that control.
Explosive Right Stomper.
Every drum on the kit pivots around the kick drum, and our beats usually do the same. The right foot holds the key to unlock so much freedom in our playing. This series of drills hones in on any weaknesses, developing that crucial limb to be agile and responsive.
Left-sided Rudimental Rhythms
Usually our poor left foot gets stuck keeping time by pulsing on the hi-hat pedal, while the snare and kick get to play. Let's give that foot more options and develop the interplay between our left foot and left hand, while holding time with our right side.
Consistency is King. Build Strong Habits
Consistency is a drummer's most valuable skill, and perhaps the hardest to capture. Without it, your playing will be a house of cards. But despite how much life tries to get in the way, a habit for practice is something that can be learned and developed. Here's some thoughts on how.
Coordinating Uneven Patterns Against Even Ones
We're all chasing independence between our limbs. Coordinating your hands and feet to play against the grain of each other opens the window to that kind of freedom. These exercises pit our left side against our right. One plays groups of three while the other plays it straight. Independence ensues.
The Chronicle of Linear Strokes Pt.1 - 16th-notes
Regardless of how advanced you get, it still takes work to maintain the sharpness of your basic strokes. This series methodically works through patterns that help keep our timing sharp and develop our counting skills.
The Chronicle of Linear Strokes Pt.2 - 8th-note Triplets
Continuing the series of basic linear patterns, designed to develop stroke quality, timing, counting and syncopation skills - this library of beats explores 8th-note triplets. These triplet patterns are played against a quarter note pulse, challenging our sense of time.
The Chronicle of Linear Strokes Pt.3 - 16th-note Triplets
This lesson steps up our triplet game, developing combos of doubles and single strokes, played around the kit. We work from basics to more advance, while exploring the placement of our accents and shifting our left-foot pulse.
The Body of a Drummer. Pt.1 - Stretching, Posture and Breath
There's no template for a drummer's body, but having one that is limber and flexible, with loose wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knees, and muscles that are stretched and strong, will allow you to do more with less effort, sharper control, and less pain and fatigue.
Excavating the Rhythm Pyramid Pt.1 - Speed and Coordination
The Rhythm Pyramid describes the basic subdivisions available to us as drummers. This lesson explores some basic combos to develop our counting and coordination skills using the pyramid as our framework, where we introduce various subdivisions to different limbs.
100% Free Lessons. Full of Patterns and Explanations.
Carve yourself into a formidable drummer by mastering your practice routine and building a library of fundamental skills, while learning to tastefully weave them through your own style.
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Listen and play along to 100 bars of each pattern.
All notated patterns are accompanied by 100 bars of high-quality audio at various tempos that you can listen to or play along with.
Create playlists and queues for customized practice sessions.
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