1: Get a teacher
2: Have him/her review your technique
3: Learn how to read music
4: Now you can buy drumming books like the patterns series by Gary Chaffee, “Stick Control” by George Lawrence Stone, “The New Breed” by Gary Chester.
5: Practice every fucking chance you get.
Want to be a good drummer? Do the above, and listen to every genre of music, emulating what happens in the drum section, be it latin, jazz, or straight up funk.
- Don’t need to take lessons, just need to practice more. A lot of drummers have never had a formal lesson, John Bonham being one. My playing has progressed very quickly as is.
- see above
- Definitely do need to do this
- need to do 3 so I can do four and make better sense of “Led Zeppelin Drumming Techniques” a book someone gave me
- I practice every day
I already listen to everything from Mongo Santamaria to Miles Davis to James Brown to Steely Dan to Parliament to Led Zeppelin to Tool (which makes me want to quit the drums) to NIN to Elvin Jones.
I don’t think you quite understand the need for good technique. Find a good teacher, I guarantee you, you won’t regret it.
Because the more you practice, the better your technique has to be. And the better your technique is, the more can you practice, and the faster you will progress.
You implying that because John Bonham never had a formal lesson, then you shouldn’t either, is an argument that I don’t quite understand. Are you saying that you have the same talent that John Bonham ( or Dennis Chambers, for that matter) had?
I’m speaking from experience when I am giving you advice here, and am only trying to help.
Good luck again with your drumming!
You’re right. Maybe I should look into some lessons. I do think that I have a natural talent like Bonham and Chambers did, but not to nearly the same extent. For whatever reason I’ve been able to keep perfect, steady time since the first time I sat down at a kit. It’s the multi-limb coordination that doesn’t come as easily to me. Polyrhythms are a long way off, although I’m starting to get the hang of a certain part in “Eulogy” from Tool that’s a basic polyrhythm. “Sober” has been a tough one for me to pick up. Fuck Danny Carey.