JUST CHILL!

Rhythm - - BEAT! - Tom Brad­dock , via email

I re­cently had a bit of an ac­ci­dent that in­volved me break­ing a bone in my right foot. Won’t go into the de­tails but suf­fic­ing to say I was out of drum­ming com­mis­sion for a month while it healed; leav­ing me un­able to play gigs or use my bass drum pedal. This en­forced break, how­ever, turned out to be a bless­ing in dis­guise, and it taught me some things I’d like to share with

Rhythm’s read­ers. Ob­vi­ously, I was not go­ing to sim­ply not drum for a month, so I found my­self at my kit forced to play only stick­ings, work on my left foot hi-hat step­ping etc. Be­cause I was break­ing it down rather than go­ing full force into my favourite full drum tracks, it forced me to fo­cus on those in­di­vid­ual parts – weaker left hand, right hand wrist tech­nique, rudi­ments, hand speed, ac­cu­racy. Which was bril­liant! It’s been ages, I re­alised, since I let my­self fo­cus on the in­di­vid­ual parts of my play­ing; pa­tience is not a virtue I have ever pos­sessed as a drum­mer I’ll ad­mit, and I bet many of your read­ers are the same. I re­alise now though that pa­tience is re­ally un­der­rated as a drum­ming skill. Tak­ing the time to nail the com­po­nent parts of a drum track will im­prove your play­ing so much – I can hon­estly say that now I’m back to four-limbed health I can feel the im­prove­ment in my play­ing! So, fel­low Rhythm read­ers–take it easy, slow down, chill out, and have PA­TIENCE! You see so many young drum­mer s rush­ing to the‘ fin­ish line’ of be­ing the fastest/ hard­est/ most rock­ing drum­mer out there, but in true tor­toise and ha re fash­ion, the player that takes the time to nail the rudi­ments and the ba­sics of good tech­nique, good tim­ing and dy­namic se tc will be the bet­ter player in the long run. So, very wise words, Tom–for which we’ d like to re­ward you with an Evans UV 1 head and some Pro mark Ac­tive Grip sticks!–CBu

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