There are so many exercises out there!
How do you know what to practice to cut through the noise and really start getting better?
What if there's something you're doing you're not even aware of that's hurting your progress?
Especially if you have only limited time, how do you know you're not wasting it?
Introducing... The 80/20 Roadmap
In My Opinion, most drummers should stop most of what they're practicing.
I see it again and again at clinics: Drummers will ask a question about chops or coordination, then I'll listen to them play, and their issues have nothing to do with what they're asking about.
No matter what the question, it usually comes down to 3 basic skills many drummers ignore.
I produced the Roadmap to teach you those skills.
How to (Really) Practice Smart
It's not about cutting corners. It's about working on the Right Things instead of the Easy Things.
What have I learned from coaching students through the 80/20 Program? Almost every drummer would get better faster by throwing out everything they're practicing and focusing only only three things.
1) Playing Cleanly. I call it the "personal drum troupe" but it just means when your hand and your foot are supposed to hit together, they do, and when you're trying to hit a rimshot, you don't hit the rim.
2) Playing In Time. Almost every aspiring drummer rushes and drags the beat in the same places. Which means if you work on those "repeat offenders", you'll save time, in more ways than one!
3) Having Options. There's no doubt which question people ask me most often: "how to I play solos without repeating myself of hiccuping?"
80/20 Your Drumming
The 80/20 Law says a few things you're doing are responsible for most of the results. That's good news for drummers. That means a few skills will make you better faster than any others. What are they? I'll save you the suspense - they're the three skills I listed above.
what does the 80/20 roadap Introduction include?
- How to assess each of the 3 factors that are holding you back: Playing Cleanly, Playing in Time, and Having Options.
- Concepts and exercises for Playing Cleanly - the Personal Drum Troupe. How to make sure you sound as clean as you think.
- Introduction to timekeeping - how timekeeping is holding you back, and two simple practice tools you can start using today.
- Basic Improvisation and the New Rudiments - you already know how to play singles and paradiddles. New Rudiments incorporate the whole kit, and come from real world vocabulary your favorite players are really playing. I'll show you the few rudiments to practice that will make you a better improviser in a hurry - the 80/20.