Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day 44


So, today I restarted my private classes with a instructor... And it was awesome.

We focused on the Single Stroke Four applied to fills, and he gave a ton of good ideas to practice it on the kit. At the end, we also got to mix the Single Stroke Four with the Single Stroke Roll and with the Single Stroke Five, everything in fills... Really cool stuff.

My leg didn't hurt at all today... I'm at almost 100% already. Gotta play some more drums now! :D

Also, next week my other band is coming back too, with weekly rehearsals, so I'll be busy with drumming 3 days of the week: Two two hours rehearsals, and one one hour private lessons with a instructor. The rest is on my on :)
The sky is the limit!


Days 42 and 43


Another two day combo. But it's for a good reason: got officially back to rehearsing with my band! My doctor said the word, and as soon as I got free from surgery-recovery-mode I got back to the drums.

So, day 42 was:
Got really tired, my knee ached a little during the rehearsal (I made some pauses, obviously), but everything went OK. Now I just need some time to shake the dust off :)

Day 43 was:
Decided to get a day off the pad, and kept my training today only on my e-kit... Got some grooves going, and some fills, everything on 8th note triplets (it's a Drumeo course).

Glad to be back to the drums, man... :D


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Day 41


Today I've started some grooving on the e-kit... Still a short time, because my leg can't take too much yet.

I'm getting the hang of the correct grip on the sticks too... Been seeing some more DVDs on techniques and how to hold the stick and whatnot.

Tomorrow I'll be rehearsing with my band again... I'm still slow and everything hurts... But I'm suro I'll be having fun, so screw it. I just have to remind me to not push it too much and I'll be safe.

Bye now.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Day 40


So, Yesterday I drank. A lot =)

Today I've managed to practice one hour, and that's was all.
I've started to watch a Moeller Method DVD on Drumeo too. Good stuff. Taught me that I hold the sticks wrong... 10 years playing drums and I hold the sticks wrong... No wonder I suck at it.

Anyway... Today's stuff:
Again with the Doubles... Holding the stick properly also helped a little... But I'll have to practice a lot more to get it properly..

Oh well, bye.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Days 38 and 39


One week day, and one good day.

Just some doubles.. Got too tired and decided to take a day off... This week was tough.

Got home earlier today, and spent the Friday night at home with the missus... So I got to spent some more time on the practice pad and the e-kit too.
Did a lot of Doubles exercises, and started to use the 4 Diddles as a groove pattern, but without accents. Tomorrow I'll add the accents and see what I got.

That's that. Bye.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Day 37


Doubles day.

Started alright. Tomorrow I'll speed it all up and see what comes out of it.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Day 36

Hello there,

Different day today... I went and disobey my doctor again. This time I did a 2 hours rehearsal session with one of my bands.

My leg gave me hell... And I was rusty and sloppy and screwed up all over the place. But I had fun.
I was kinda needing it... Needing to remind myself why I'm doing this: To have fun, to be a good drummer for myself.

I'll be going back to my local drum classes with my instructor next Tuesday too. Looking forward to it.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Day 35


I'm going nowhere. This sucks.

Days 33 and 34


So I was on the road again... And I'm posting two days worth of practice.

I've reached the 20' Workout goal for this week... But I end it up really tired. And my doubles are getting sloppy too (It's in 32nd Notes at 92bpm, but still...).

Today I took the 20' Workout back to crappy-land. My doubles went to hell... The bpm is fine in the beginning, but i eventually get tired and everything goes south... Guess I'll be working on this tomorrow: Doubles. Next week will be focused on the Double Stroke Roll as well, so I guess I'll be fixing that anyway.

Bye now.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Day 32


It's Fryday, and I'm feeling tired as hell. This week was tough. So, I'll be brief today.

Nothing new... Felt tired on the Workout exercise, but that could be to the fact that I'm was tired when I began the damn thing...
The Single Stroke Roll got a little sloppy in the beginning on the left hand. but then I managed to fix that. I also moved 2 bpm up in this, so I guess it's alright.
I've started a Diddle exercise too, to prepare for a couple of exercises my private instructor gave me before the surgery (that I didn't started yet...). It was easy enough to start.
The rest was the same as yesterday, just a little faster.

Tomorrow I'll be on the road again... I'll try to do the exercises in the morning... IF I wake up early. And that's rare for a Saturday. Anyway, my pad is going with me again.

That's it. Bye.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Day 31


Slow day today... Only had 30 minutes to practice.

I kept the BPM of the 20' Workout in 90 for today, so I could work on my resistance... I'm getting really really tired after this workout. But, tomorrow I'll be doing it at 91bpm anyway. I'm getting the speed fine though.
Same thing with the Single Stroke Roll exercises. I start them fine, and then, as my left arm gets tired, I'm getting sloppy. Only daily practice will fix that, so I'll be keeping this two exercises as my minimum daily practice. Only half a hour a day... Totally doable.

That's it then, bye.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Day 30


One month complete. Only one day missed. To me, that's a great thing... And I could see a lot of improvement already.

Today's practice (now with the date!)

A lot of Single Stroke Roll love. I think this week is going to be awesome because of this focus on one rudiment only, since all the exercises will be focusing on the SSR. Will be a lot easier to see the improvement, as I'll have only one thing to evaluate in the end of the week.

Go go go.


Day 29


Today was a busy day... So I ended up getting behind on my blog posting schedule...

First, reviewing the goals:

I underestimated the Single Stroke Roll exercises... So that was a long shot from the start.
The "3's, 5's and 7's" almost got there... I could do the whole thing at 150bpm, but it sounded sloppy, so I concluded that it was a goal not reached.
The rest was pretty easy, even with a weird week like this one...

The next goals:

This week, I decided to focus on one rudiment only, and get it fast and clean: The Single Stroke Roll. But I couldn't forget the 20' Workout... So there's 2 goals for this week.

Today's practice was:

I did pretty much what was necessary to finish the weekly goals.
The Single Stroke Roll got solid, and my left hand is getting a lot better... Sometimes, it seems better than my right hand... Weird.

This next week goals will be a heavy treatment for my singles, so I expect a lot of improvement for next week.


Days 27 and 28

Hi there,

So, I was away from my home town the last few days, and I didn't updated this thing because of that.

I managed to exercise 2 of this last 3 days... So, in the last month, I practiced every single day, but one. I think that's pretty good, considering I've always been the lazy type.

So, the practices were:
May, 3rd

May, 4th
The second day I practiced on the road, in my hotel room at night... So I had to keep the volume down. So I just decided to review the day before and that's that.

Also, I let the goals to the next day... But I ended up getting home waaay too late, so I just gave up practicing and went to bed.

I'll be doing the goals review/set thing on the next post then.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

On the road

Hi there.

I'm on a trip today, and I brought my practice pad. So, I'll post everything about my practice tomorrow when I get home.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Day 26

Hi there,

So, it's late, and I'm tired... But I'm back at home again, so I did manage to practice a little more this time...

...but it was kinda crappy. Took me 1 hour today.
I got waaay back to 70bpm with the Single Stroke Roll, because my left hand wasn't in the mood today. So I'll be going up from there. And my 120bpm goal is now far far away for a while longer.
My left hand stupidity also affected the "3's, 5's and 7's" today... And the Push-pull Doubles was terrible too.

Today was one of those days... I hope I can get my sh*t together tomorrow.

Meh. Bye.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Day 25


So, today I was on the road, and took my practice pad with me.

On the road
I've manage to take 30 minutes to my practice... Not much, but at least I tried, I guess.

The Single Stroke Roll was crap. I'm taking it down tomorrow... Down to the bpm I can do it cleanly, so I work my way up from the beginning.

That's that.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day 24


After yesterday's drumming extravaganza, I decided to get easy today, and rest for a bit. So I just practiced for 30 minutes and called it a day...

...which gave me time to do just 2 exercises.

Not much changed on them... 20' Workout is solid, and the Single Stroke Roll it's not. Lacking control, specially with left hand lead.

Tomorrow I'll be doing my exercises early, as I'm going to travel after lunch... Hopefully, I'll post my practices before... Anyway, my pad is going with me on the trip.
I've managed to keep doing this for over a month (I started the daily practice a few days before I started this blog), so i'm not stopping now.