How To Practice Drum Soloing How To Practice Drum Soloing Be sure and leave a comment below! 22 comments on “How To Practice Drum Soloing” Keith Pevey says: November 5, 2017 at 10:44 am I’ll check this out after I get out of church. I used to have the hate attitude about solos, and now I realize it’s just a function of drumming. I think of it as an extension of short fills.. merely a transitional point. I really began to understand the whole improvisational process after breaking down the fundamentals of playing section figures, and setting up ensemble for big band charts. Anyway, I’m sure there is plenty about theme and Variation in this lesson. I can’t wait ???? Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:35 am Oh, it’s ALL about theme and variation ;^) That’s just how I view soloing. From a musical standpoint. Reply Paul Leclair says: November 5, 2017 at 10:51 am Thought you might enjoy this take on Take Five. :) https://youtu.be/jM4W3qaNfng Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:36 am So good!!! Thanks for sharing Reply Alain says: November 5, 2017 at 11:38 am I just love how you teach and share Stephen. It inspires me as a drummer and a teacher. Your down to earth and humanistic approach is humbling, to say the least. Keep up the great work. Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:36 am Thanks so much Alain…the kind words mean the world my friend Reply Ozark Drummer says: November 5, 2017 at 11:40 am Thanks Stephen! Alas…..Is it just my internet connection or is this video freezing for everyone a couple minutes in? Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:37 am You bet! And I’m gonna go with it’s your internet connection. Everything seems to be working good on playback on my end. Reply Andrew says: November 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm So are you actually playing sets of bars to a particular meter every time you solo, or are you just playing to a tempo in your head that ebbs and flows a bit? Like, do you know where the “1” is at any given point in the solo? ‘Cause if that’s necessary, then I’m toast.. Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:38 am It depends on the situation…but for the most part there is a tempo and a “1” in my head. I just don’t always state them on the hihat anymore. Sometimes I do. And sometimes I go free form if there is not a band that needs to be cued back in or a song form that needs to be adhered to. Or, sometimes I’ll start free and morph in to a solid tempo. Lots of different ways to do it. None are wrong. Reply Andrew says: November 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm It’s just frustrating for me, as I have about 6 yrs of steady practice and a decent amount of live band experience, and I just have a terrible feel/intuition for the “1”.. I need to literally count in my head for everything other than my handful of go-to 1 bar fills.. thx for the reply! Reply Jerry says: November 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm Listening to jazz solos I tend to enjoy more melodic soloing. Seems like some drummers want to impress with their ability to keep time with very complex rythyms. Awesome but does it add to the song? On the other hand I love to hear when a drummer is evoking the melody of the song and you can “hear” the melody. To me this is the difference between playing a solo and making music. Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:40 am Yea…there are varying schools of thought. I enjoy musical solos…where the chops are driven by the music or melody. Don’t get me wrong, I love technical playing as well. I was just raised to serve the music. The harder I tried to get away from that years ago, the worse I sounded. So nowadays I steer hardcore towards groove and musicality. Reply Mike says: November 6, 2017 at 8:20 am Great lesson! Soloing, really lost when its my turn, I’m going to work on this. Thanks!!! Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 8:40 am Thanks Mike…so glad it helped! And try that first exercise I gave. It will help free your mind to think differently. Something about having to focus on such simple things as basic subdivisions allows you to really see what is possible with a solo. Let me know how it’s coming! Reply Mickey Stam says: November 6, 2017 at 10:18 am Really appreciated this, thanks. . Still terrified, but at least have a road to getting more comfortable. Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm Glad to hear it Mickey! Reply Ric says: November 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm Kudos brother. Kudos Much help. Thank you Reply Stephen says: November 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm My pleasure Ric Reply Dennis Vaclavek says: November 7, 2017 at 8:14 am It’s been awhile and I have to say your lessons are inspiring and this one on soloing really losened me up about soloing and freed me up. Thanks Stephen! Reply Stephen says: November 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm You bet Dennis! Reply James Caddie says: November 8, 2017 at 3:29 am Awesome video, love what you do. I’m a 13 year old drummer in the senior band at high school (Still got a long way to go) and your vids inspirer me. Keep up the good work. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment.