Drumming Foundation Challenge – Conclusion – The Drummers Almanac

Drumming Foundation Challenge – Conclusion

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  • Kurt Risch says:

    I always get something from how another teachers approach define, and communicate these ideas. I didn’t nail it, but there were parts that I didn’t understand your references until I saw your answers (e.g. The 4 Feelings Associated With Sticking). I don’t disagree with anything. Sometimes I approach the information in a manner much more complicated than necessary.

  • buck ballinger says:

    Quite worthwhile, although some of the questions were slightly subjective (the 4 “feelings”?).

    • Jay Fenichel says:

      Hey Buck. Great job going through the challenge. Next, I’d love to see you send in a “video feedback.” for me to go through. As far as your comment.
      Yes, some of the answers are subjective… I would say the ones that ask how these things impact the sound. Saying something like “They give the music more intensity.” Which is a common answer I see, isn’t wrong. But it’s so general that it doesn’t really help you use this stuff. You can give that kind of answer to almost everything for this challenge. This is also why I don’t grade it. As far as the 4 feelings of sticking being subjective… that is one that is not. That pretty fundamental. I want that to be clear because it’s important you understand that these feelings make up sticking. You answered, fast, slow, hard and soft. That’s also a pretty common answer that I see and it’s not exactly wrong. Fast vs slow is a feeling when using sticking… but it’s more general… in other words, you can also feel accents and rhythm fast and slow too. And I would argue it’s more a function of the rhythm… Because rhythm makes what you play sound fast VS slow, without changing the tempo of the beat. Does that make sense? Hard and soft is the feeling of accents and dynamics. What I am looking for with sticking is… how many feelings can you find when you strike the drums for one single note. And if you break it down to it’s barest bones… you get a single, an open double, A closed bounce, or a unison (flam) Think of music notation. If you write a sticking… how many ways can you notate one note? Can you think of another feeling besides those four?

  • ANDREW BAUM says:

    Again – very useful exercise and, for the purposes of the course, a necessary foundational starting point in order to introduce the other aspects of playing. Thanks.

    • Jay Fenichel says:

      Absolutely… That’s also why I decided to add a version of this to everyone one the free side. Welcome to TDA, Andie…

  • Ricky ulrich says:

    Damn I’ve been struggling with these terms since I started playing on the drums. Your 6/8 example has helped me so much. Personally, I’m going to look at as many charts I can find with varying rhythms and try to break them down like you did for the 6/8 example.

    ~For what it is worth Jay maybe you can comprise a short lesson with varying signatures for new students to work out. This, as you say, is essential to drumming.

    • Jay Fenichel says:

      That would be a good lesson Idea… Just going deeper into time signature in general… Just remember: Top Number: “How Many” Bottom Number: “What Kind”

  • Jim Moore says:

    I’m about as educated as I thought. Great questions. I’ve got alot to learn!!

  • Peter Barnett says:

    I was never good at math at school but this makes sense…… kinda … just gotta let it marinate for a bit….

  • Jake Massey says:

    I got a much better understanding of rhythm and beat, and how they are applied to a time signature. However, there are significant gaps in my overall understanding, and that’s further motivation to do deep dives into fundamentals.

  • Angelo Nitsis says:

    Enjoyed going over these questions, had me thinking again!

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