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Nailing that technique
I have been an avid reader of Rhythm since January 2015. After moving from Chile to make London my home, I discovered the magazine in an airport shop and set up a subscription right away. My two favourite sections are the drummer interviews and the drum lessons. They fuel my inspiration and motivation, allow me to expand my knowledge and keep me busy practising. In the January issue (2015), Jojo Mayer was presenting his second DVD focusing on foot technique. One of the things he underlined is that technique is only a means to an end, and what’s really important is to be able to express musically in the drums – technique shouldn’t be a barrier to achieve this. I believe it would be of tremendous benefit to us readers if you could dedicate a lesson to focus only on technique, like moeller stroke applied to double strokes, flat foot technique, heel toe applied to doubles on kick, etc. It would make it easier to approach the rest of the lessons, which sometimes can be a bit tricky, and require the drummer to dominate a certain technique (double stroke on the kick, triplets on the kick, splashing the hi-hat, you name it!). It would help beginner drummers like me learn something new, and experienced drummers review their current techniques. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to drumming, you have definitely helped me improve and enjoy the world of drumming!
Francisco Rojas, via email
Thanks Francisco–that’ s actually not a bad idea. I think a lot of drummers may have heard of Mo ell er, Glad stone and other techniques, but might not really know how to execute them. And these techniques were developed by great drum teachers to help drummers play better. So it’ s certainly time were visited some of these key techniques–watch this space! – CBu
Thank you so much, Pete Riley, for your excellent 10 Minutes To Better Drumming feature in the April issue. As always your technique features are really well-thought out. I like to think of myself as not a beginner or pro but somewhere in the middle with my ability, so I was able to start with the beginner which I then followed by going on to the intermediate lessons. The more advanced lessons will be more of a challenge and I’m going to be stretching myself over the next few weeks with these. But definitely the lessons I’ve followed so far have helped me; because they’re quick exercises to do, they make for perfect warm-ups in my longer wood shedding sessions, or sometimes if I’ve only got half an hour to practise, they are just the job. The more you practice and stretch yourself with new concepts, the better you find your playing next time you come back to it – so well done Rhythm on consistently giving us so much good material to work through!
Simeon Mondac, via email
Thank you Simeon, that’ s what we aim for–to be a reliable and excellent source of drum ming tuition to help you become better drummers, whatever your level of proficiency, or even commitment. You maybe a casual‘ hobbyist’ drummer or a working pro, if we can help you achieve a level of drum ming that you want to reach, we’ re happy !– CBu
shuffling along nicely
I know everyone loves John Bonham… but, I just have to say having sat down to learn Good‘ Times Bad Times’ on the disc… wow. Again, wow. Those foot triplets, so cool! And this was Led Zeppelin’s FIRST album! It was really interesting too that only the second and third partials are actually being played, what an illusion! Thank you so much for another great playalong tutorial, and learning Bonham licks really, really, really never gets old!
Adam Parsons, via email
We have to inject a little Bonzo into Rhythm now and again because we get withdrawal .‘ Good Times Bad Times’ is one my personal LedZep favourites and demonstrates Bonham’ s inventiveness and flair. We’ re always looking for great drum tracks (new and old) that we’ ve never done as play along tracks before, so feel free to suggest tracks you’ d like to see Pete Riley breakdown for you !– CBu