Wednesday 24 December 2014

Drumming woes.

Still in the process of making global judgements about where buildings and street furniture and trees etc should go.

A key irritant to this process has been the presence of a large blank oblong of building; initially a dark red-brown and then a white colour.

Reddish brown 

So, toned down the white with some brown windows and a pale green roof.

These are not the final colours for this section of building but have been applied simply to stop the shape messing up the scenario when I'm making aesthetic judgements about the layout as a diorama.

Currently listening to:

Last night's dinner:

Fish stew
Chocolate cake and cream
Currently reading:

Downloaded samples of the following books to my Kindle. Haven't had time to check any of them out yet.

No great hopes - never admired Benn

High hopes!

Moderately high hopes!

Probably be as twee as anything.

Could be brilliant or extremely irritating.

Will probably be crap.

Let the cull begin!

Drumming practice update:

Forced into a re-think about my plan for technical practice.

The correlation between difficulty and speed of hand is not as absolute as I'd thought.

Today was a deeply depressing experience.

Started Exercise 1 at 140 BPM - hopeless. Then dropped to 120 BPM - still hopeless. So, in desperation, dropped to 100 BPM - equally hopeless.

In a fit of madness tried the exercise at 160 BPM - and it wasn't perfect but definitely the best performance of the morning.

Then I recorded myself playing Exercise 1 at 160 BPM. It wasn't too bad but I noticed that an unwanted accent had appeared:

The pattern should be:

UPPER CASE = Accent,  lower case = ghost note

RlrlRlrlRlrlRlrl  rLrlrLrlrLrlrLrl rlRlrlRlrlRlrlRl rlrLrlrLrlrLrlrL repeated for 10 minutes at the one tempo

But what I was hearing was this - the unwanted accent is in RED.

RlrlRlrlRlrlRlrl  RLrlRLrlRLrlRLrl rlRlrlRlrlRlrlRl rlRLrlRLrlRLrlRL

This fault indicates to me that I should be doing more practice on simple hand to hand drumming so that I have an unwavering foundation of lrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrl that will be resistant to the tendency of the right hand to get louder just before an accented left hand stroke.

So, from tomorrow I'm going to augment Exercise 2 so as to be a mixture of single and double stroke rolls.

As for Exercise 1, I'm simply not sure what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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