Hello everyone! I’d like to say hello to all of the people I’ve met since being here at the Drum Center and I’d like to say it has been a pleasure. Now for some info that I hope helps all my fellow drummers. Since February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, let’s talk about the thing we LOVE to hate… the dreaded METRONOME!!! Practicing with a metronome can be intimidating or a nuisance to some, but our duty ad drummers is to keep the tempo in the band. If we can’t play a solid drum beat, fill, or roll in time, then how are supposed to lead a band? My suggestions is to start slow, you’ve got to crawl before you walk, just keep at it and find your groove. If you’re practicing a slower temp song, subdivide the quarter note to eighth notes, this way there isn’t as much space for you to fluctuate. There are ways to add some creativity to this tip, and that is by playing to your favorite band’s tracks. Most tunes recorded professionally are in time, so you can always play along to them instead of a click track. This way practice is a little less boring. Being able to listen to your favorite songs while you practice will break up the monotony of just using the metronome. Just remember to go back to the metronome on your regular practice. Thanks to all and don’t forget to stop by the store and let’s talk shop!
See you soon,
Vince “V” Grino