What's in the 80/20 coaching course?
Okay - you've decided you want to focus on the most important things keeping you from greatness, and start getting the most out of your hours in the practice room.
But exactly what does the curriculum in the 80/20 coaching course cover? In this video I go into greater detail about it, taking you through the details.
I've identified three primary weaknesses in most drummers: playing cleanly, playing in time, and having options.
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What's stopping you from being great?
Sure, some people are born with more natural talent than others. But it's possible to become great at the drums by working smart, then working hard.
If most drummers simply learned to hear themselves as they really sound, they'd realize they need improvement in three key areas.
The course has twelve modules, and takes you through all of them. In the first 3-4 modules, I focus on developing consistent sounds, coordination, and "playing clean" - a concept I call the personal drum troupe. I'll also take you through some of my rudimental exercises, giving you coaching cues that will help you hear yourself more clearly than before.
Beginning around modules 5 and 6, I introduce improvisation practice. As the rudiments continue to get more complex, I challenge you to improvise with them, and provide structures to help. I also introduce some more difficult metronome placements. The key is sequencing - I'm only giving you one thing at-a-time to focus on, so you can go deep.
In the latter half of the course we continue to get more advanced with improvisation, introducing trading, and challenging you to draw on the ever-more-complex array of rudimental idioms you're learning. We re-introduce the left foot now that your ears are hearing on a deeper level. We introduce orchestration around the kit, and challenge you to begin to improvise with it.
In the jazz course, I give you jazz exercises in addition to all the above development, and we start at the basics, redefining the role of the left foot without complicating factors like skipped notes, which we also practice in isolation. The exercises grow more complex throughout the course, until by the end you're playing up-tempo idioms with irregular metronome placements.