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5 Minute Jazz Hands: Intro and 90 BPM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Technique | 2 comments

For years I’ve been struggling to find an all-encompassing warmup that doesn’t take too long. So I created one that gets me fully ready to play in just 5 minutes, and also warms me up using language and rudiments I’ll end up using on my gigs.

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The Dribbling Game

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Technique | 4 comments

Finger control is one of the hardest things to develop. It’s the final frontier of hand technique. But before worrying about working through pages and pages of 16th note exercises, try approaching it like you probably approached your favorite sport as a kid.

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Phoning It In: Pad Work on the Road

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Phoning It In | 2 comments

You’ve all heard me preach about taking a pad with you when you go out of town. Well, here’s a little window into the kind of stuff I’m doing while I’m out. A little bit of practicing what I’m preaching.

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Phoning It In: Drummer’s Survival Kit!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Phoning It In | 0 comments

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Phoning It In: Pad Work for Low Stick Height

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Phoning It In | 0 comments

After working with one of our members on the “Low Stick Height – High Velocity” lesson, I decided to follow up on that and talk some about how to practice hearing and feeling the difference between playing with a lower volume, but the same intensity, and just playing softly.

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Pregame Routine

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

How do highly trained athletes perform at a high physical and mental level on a nightly basis? Well, besides their hours of practice over the years, almost all of them have a pregame routine, or pregame ritual. Do you have one?

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Warmup: Running Through the Gears

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Performance | 0 comments

Here is a warmup I use when conditions aren’t optimal – which seems to be most of the time! Try this quick and easy routine that you can do on the kit right before the gig.

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