DRUM DAY #365

This was another productive day on the practice pad, and it was also the last day of my one year extended drumming challenge.  Here is what I did:

  • 30 minutes warming up with singles, doubles, paradiddles, inverted doubles, and inverted paradiddles on the practice pad.

  • 65 minutes practicing a variety of single stroke accent patterns from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime pack.

POSITIVE REVIEW – It feels good to have completed the full year.  There were definitely times when I considered breaking things up or ending it early, but I’m very happy that I stuck with it.  I’ve got a number of challenges that I’m looking forward to pursuing over the next few months, but I’ll be a little more flexible with my time – especially while I’m without a full kit setup.

DRUM DAY #364

This was a very productive day of practice.  Here is how I spent my time:

  • 40 minutes practicing singles, doubles, paradiddles, inverted doubles, and inverted paradiddles all on the practice pad.

  • 25 minutes practicing single stroke accent patterns from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime pack.

  • 30 minutes practicing a few other single stroke accent patterns from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime pack.

POSITIVE REVIEW – My left hand is still stronger at playing smooth accents compared to my right, but it’s starting to come around.  I think the left hand is stronger because I played right hand-lead for so long, and the left hand always played the heavy snare shots with added ghost notes here and there.  But, it’s nice to see my right starting to catch up.

DRUM DAY #363

I decided to mix things up a little today as I noticed I’ve slowly become stuck in a rut of playing my single strokes at a relatively low volume – especially when pushing for speed and endurance.  Here is how I spent my time:

  • 15 minutes warming up with singles, doubles, paradiddles, inverted doubles, and inverted paradiddles all on the practice pad.

  • 20 minutes practicing three stroke ruffs landing on an off the beat.

  • 20 minutes practicing single stroke speed exercises on the pad.

  • 35 minutes practicing single stroke speed exercises at medium or full strokes to challenge my dynamic range when playing louder strokes.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I can’t believe that I’m just two days away from the one year mark.  I initially only expected to keep up this practice pad for six months, but I’ve nearly doubled that mark, and I plan to continue at a similar pace.

DRUM DAY #362

It’s nice to be home again.  Here is how I spent my practice time:

  • 15 minutes warming up with singles, doubles, and paradiddles.

  • 45 minutes practicing basic single stroke accent patterns from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime pack.

  • 30 minutes practicing three stroke ruffs with accents as demonstrated in Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime video lessons.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I’m continuing to chip away at the exercises and patterns from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime.  Looking forward to continuing with this tomorrow – working up to playing the Intermediate routine.

DRUM DAY #361

Today was the day we traveled back from NAMM, so it got my practice done early before we left to make sure I could fit it in.  Here is what I did:

  • 20 minutes practicing singles, doubles, and paradiddles on the pad.

  • 15 minutes practicing a double paradiddle exercise on the workout pad.

  • 55 minutes practicing paradiddle-based exercises on the workout pad.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I’m feeling good with the recent patterns that I’ve been working on and am ready to move into the next exercises from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime tomorrow (when I’m back home).

DRUM DAY #360

Today was the last day of NAMM.  Pretty tired after roaming the convention floor for so many days, but had a lot of fun as well.   And, I managed to still get in a decent amount of practice time all things considered.

  • 25 minutes practicing singles, doubles, and paradiddles on the pad.

  • 15 minutes practicing a few different single stroke exercises.

  • 50 minutes practicing paradiddle-based exercises on the pad.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I enjoyed taking some time to work through a few simple single stroke exercises again, and also continued to make progress with the paradiddle based exercises.  I’m looking forward to continuing on with Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime when I get back home.

DRUM DAY #359

Today was another busy day at the NAMM conference, but I managed to spend some time on the pad throughout the day.  Here is what I did:

  • 20 minutes practicing double paradiddle exercise on the pad.

  • 25 minutes practicing a few different single, double, and triple paradiddle exercises on the pad (continued from yesterday).

  • 20 minutes practicing paradiddle-based exercises on the pad.

  • 25 minutes practicing paradiddle-based exercises on the pad.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I’m starting to get better at playing several variations of single, double, and triple paradiddles using exercises from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime.  I’m looking forward to continuing tomorrow.

DRUM DAY #358

This was our first full day at the NAMM conference in Anaheim.  I managed to get in some solid practice time in the morning and later in the evening.

  • 40 minutes practicing random single, double, and single paradiddle exercises with Dave on the practice pad before heading off to NAMM.

  • 50 minutes practicing paradiddle-based accent exercises with Dave.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I’m having fun working through the paradiddle-based accent exercises that Dave has been helping me with.  They are from Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands For A Lifetime series.

DRUM DAY #357

This was a travel day, so I had to wake up at 4:00 to make sure I could get my practice in as I knew the rest of the day would be pretty unpredictable.

  • 45 minutes practicing three stroke ruffs landing on and off the beat while taking turns to lead with either hand – on the workout pad.

  • 20 minutes practicing broken single stroke patterns while incorporating three stroke ruffs, hertas, and other variations – on the workout pad.

  • 25 minutes practicing single strokes alternating groups of two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine per hand – on the workout pad.

POSITIVE REVIEW – I’m continuing to get better at improvising with broken single stroke patterns by incorporating the many exercises I’ve been working on over the last while.  The speed is also continuing to pick up.

DRUM DAY #356

Today was a unique day of practice.  I started out working on single strokes and ended up practicing them for an hour and a half.

  • 90 minutes practicing single strokes alternating groups of two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine per hand.  I focused on making sure both hands felt the same and were using the same motions while also staying relaxed and loose.

POSITIVE REVIEW – It was nice to take some time to get back to the very basics and just focus on each hand individually.  I corrected a few bad habits and overall feel like this is something I need to do on a more regular basis.