Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Weight Room: Advanced Slow-Fast

At a certain point you'll work one of the Slow-Fast exercises up to an obscene speed. What do you do at this point?

It's simple: turn the click down to half of its tempo, and instead of 8ths and 16ths, play 16ths and 32nds.

It looks like this.

Or think of it like cut time. You're still playing slow fast, but the click is now on the half note.

It looks like this.
So now, with the click at a manageable tempo, you can keep working faster and faster. Just remember to keep it under control, relaxed and clean.

Sorry to use the P word, but, uh, happy practicing!

2 comments:

  1. Good point. Not to overstate the obvious, but any fast tempo groove should always be practiced slowly at first - get it right, then get it fast!

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    1. I'm going to start using that with my students, "Get it right, then get it fast!" Awesome. Thanks, Drumwrencher!

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