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Chop Maintenance with the “Road Maintenance” exercise

May 30, 2013

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Road Maintenance Exercise

This year I’ve had longer-than-usual stretches of downtime between ALO tours. While, for me, ┬ádaily practice is a given, I wanted to devote at least some of my practice time to ensuring that I would be right where I left off in terms of accuracy and fluidity from the last tour to the next. It’s […]

Offset Paradiddles with Accents – mmmmm. Do this!

December 3, 2012

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Here’s a little exercise I’ve been taking around with me everywhere I go- on the kit, practice pad, steering wheel, the kitchen counter- everywhere. As you can see, the exercise starts with a single paradiddle accented on the first beat. The pattern then shifts forward in time, one 16th note per bar, altering where the […]

What’s On My Music Stand / Little Epiphany

September 10, 2011

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In this installment of davebrogansdrumblog I’d like to share what I’ve been working on in the windowless South San Francisco rehearsal studio I call my woodshed. But first a little epiphany:   To successfully learn something difficult you must first simply commit to learning it. You have to have a truthful feeling that, no matter […]

“Shedding,” what does it mean? / The comeback of George Foreman.

August 24, 2011

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All Saints 2009

In the last installment of this blog I wrote about how recording in the studio can be an opportunity to really examine the precision, or lack of, in your playing. Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of recording work, with ALO and other artists, and added recording to my practice […]

The Drum Microscope Reveals Inconsistencies in my Playing

July 31, 2011

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I’m in the middle of an extended run of recording sessions right now. Last week was a full four days at Light Rail Studios in SF laying down basics for Simon Kurth’s new project, “Huckle,” with Simon on various guitars and Mark Murphy on bass. Next week I continue with Huckle and then jump right […]

Drum Cam Highlights from LAB at the Crown Room – 7/14/11

July 19, 2011

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Still for Blog 1

The Master Studies project is well under way. I am continuing to focus on the wonderful teachings of Kenny Werner through his book, Effortless Mastery, and exploring the concepts of “interlocking Moeller strokes,” a form of arm and finger rebound strokes as they apply to “interdependence.” I’m going to post a more extensive article on […]