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Chop Maintenance with the “Road Maintenance” exercise

May 30, 2013


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


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 […]

This Is Your Brain on Polyrhythms

May 25, 2011


Lately I’ve been studying polyrhythms for the drum set with one of the foremost teachers on the subject- Peter Magadini. A polyrhythm is defined as two corresponding, simultaneous but loosely related rhythms based on a mixture of subdivisions such as even (8th notes, 16ths) and odd (triplets, quintuplets, septuplets, etc.). Thinking contrapuntally, all contrapuntal rhythms […]

Hello, my name is Dave Brogan, and I’m a drummer.

May 18, 2011


Welcome to my brand new blog. After sifting through dozens of very unsexy, unfunky page styles I finally settled on this one. It’s called “Inuit Types.” I picked it because I liked the name. Reminds me of “Inca Roads,” the great Zappa song. (Did – a – vehicle, didavehicle-didavehicle?) I am creating a self-designed program […]