Drummer Cafe has an excellent educational article on using number cells to create fills.
As a beginner, it’s easier to start off with combinations of quarter-notes (1), eighth-notes (2), and sixteenth-notes (4) only. If you are creating a fill in a 4/4 time signature, then that gives you four combinations (groups, beats, counts, etc) of notes.
Without going into detail on every one of these aspects, here are some general considerations before choosing your first pair of sticks.
1. Most brands of drumsticks are categorized by letter. Sʼs (designed for “street” playing, such as drum corps and marching band) have the largest diameter, Bʼs (designed for concert band playing) are smaller in diameter than the Sʼs, and Aʼs (originally designed for big band or dance-type orchestras) have the smallest diameter.
Check out this great lesson from Drummer Cafe on breaking down Joe Morello’s “Adventures in Time.”
Here’s another great lesson on practicing from our good friends over at Drummer Cafe.
Creativity is a key element in being the drummer you want to be. Using the pattern that you made up and putting it to use in a performance situation is a great feeling. Creativity is something that should be done every day, and trying to analyze a technical challenge in your practicing is no different. If you are creative you can find different angles to approach something and eventually overcome it.
Bart Elliott and the folks over at the Drummer Cafe have recently posted up a WONDERFUL written and video tribute to William F Ludwig II who just passed away.
The Ludwig legacy began in 1909 when William F. Ludwig Sr. and uncle, Theobald Ludwig, created the Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Company. The company was originally built around a bass drum pedal that the two brothers had invented for the working professional drummer. And by the 1920’s the Ludwig Drum Company had became the world’s largest drum manufacturing company.
Our good friends at Drummer Cafe have just launched a weekly drumming video series: DrummerCafe.TV.
DrummerCafé.TV will feature a new 30-60 minute episode each week, covering a broad range of drum and music related topics. “I want there to be something for everyone”, explains Elliott, “so there will definitely be a mix of infotainment and educational content for drummers AND percussionists. There’s always something new cooking at the Drummer Café, and DrummerCafé.TV is bound to satisfy the most discerning percussive palette.”