Drum Log #1
I’d like to keep a log of where I am at with my playing, where I want to go, and how I will get there. Brutally honest, no mercy. So it begins.
A Few Issues
First and foremost, I struggle with combining the technical side of my playing (rudiments, linear drills, etc.) with the creative side of my playing that is natural and subconscious. Supposedly the only way to make that hurtle is to play the damn drills and warm ups even more. LRLLRLRR, LRLLRR, LRRLLR, RLKLRK, RRKKLLKK… Blabla fucking bla.
Secondly, I need to embellish less, tighten my groove, and subdue my ghost notes. I have this problem of letting my ghost notes take the focus away from the kick-snare pattern or sometimes even the lilt of the groove, at which point they cease to be ghost notes and start to be little assholes.
Thirdly and finally, I need to start on my jazz ostinato. Arguably the weakest part of my playing is my jazz. No one I jam with plays jazz, I never played in jazz band, I rarely even listen to jazz. BUT…that doesn’t mean I get a pass on having to learn it.
I broke down the essentials of the Purdie Shuffle on Saturday. I’ve been trying to work that groove out for a hot second and it finally settled in with groove and not just a sticking pattern. Without fail, starting slow with the metronome and building over the course of a hour was precisely the correct formula for success. Time and time again the damn metronome produces the optimal results. I need to keep working on that and tighten up the foot pattern to be comfortable playing it on the fly.
I also mentioned before the jazz deficit that I’m plagued with. Working on that will tighten me up all around and add another tool to the arsenal. Working out of Igoe’s Groove Essentials should be a great way to continue my studies in jazz. I stopped at the beginning of the jazz section regardless so if I continue to work out of that book I suppose that is what I’ll be playing.
Things to Buy
God where to begin. I want upgraded hats, a new ride, a new china, brushes, more books/dvds…AGH. All the money in the world could be wasted on this hobby.
I’m going to decide on not purchasing any new gear for a bit and waiting to get something big in the future.