If you feel you are not improving, even if you have been playing for a few years, you should ask yourself some questions to understand the reasons.
1) When you sit on the drums, have you already decided what to study?
Let’s take an example: you work and you have very little time, so you go home, you sit on the drums, you have half an hour and you start playing right away without actually caring about what you’re playing, you’re just playing something that you enjoy.
Okay, it’s fine if you do it for a few minutes, to get into the mood of the studio.
- But, do you have goals?
- Have you planned what to study?
- Have you decided what you want to learn in that specific period?
- Do you want to study the technique?
- Do you want to study coordination?
- Do you want to study groove?
- Where do you want to improve?
Don’t play the same things all the time, don’t play what you already know. Get out of what they call the “comfort zone”, play the new things, the things you’ve never done.
To do this you have to set goals. Did you start a book? What, Stick Control? When you want to finish it, isn’t there a limit? Then you’ll never finish it…
So first, when you go on the battery, you must have already decided what you want to do that day, even if it were 10 minutes.
2) Do you have continuity in the studio?
Do you study every day or almost, even a little, 20 minutes, half an hour or do you work three hours on Sunday afternoons?
Having continuity and working every day is better than dedicating the same study time in one day.
Another thing: when you are in your room studying, do you keep your phone on or off? Do you have your computer on Facebook or on Google’s “metronome”?
This is really decisive, because if you have half an hour, it has to be super-intensive.
3) When you start studying an exercise, do you start slowly or do you start “bombing” right away?
Even if you are studying an exercise or groove that seems easy to you, start extremely slow and do it at all metronomic ranges.
If you don’t study at all BPMs, it will happen that when you play a groove that seemed so easy to you, at a BPM that you never played, you won’t feel comfortable playing it. You won’t have the same feeling you have when you play at 100-120 BPM.
It seems longer to study this way, but it’s the best system. Start at 60 BPM and go as far as you go, five BPM at a time.
4) Do you keep track of the work you’re doing?
When you study, do you use your mobile phone with the PDF downloaded from the Internet or do you have your nice book where you write down all the BPMs, where you wrote down how you went that day, or where you got there and then resume from that point?
Having written down where you got there, you need it for two reasons.
One: because you know where to start the next time on that book. Two: it’s a motivational thing, because you see the progress of that exercise.