How To Practice Drum Soloing

How To Practice Drum Soloing


 

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22 comments on “How To Practice Drum Soloing

  1. Keith Pevey says:

    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 ????

  2. Paul Leclair says:

    Thought you might enjoy this take on Take Five. :)
    https://youtu.be/jM4W3qaNfng

  3. Alain says:

    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.

  4. Thanks Stephen!

    Alas…..Is it just my internet connection or is this video freezing for everyone a couple minutes in?

  5. Andrew says:

    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..

    • Stephen says:

      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.

      • Andrew says:

        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!

  6. Jerry says:

    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.

    • Stephen says:

      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.

  7. Mike says:

    Great lesson! Soloing, really lost when its my turn, I’m going to work on this. Thanks!!!

    • Stephen says:

      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!

  8. Mickey Stam says:

    Really appreciated this, thanks. . Still terrified, but at least have a road to getting more comfortable.

  9. Ric says:

    Kudos brother. Kudos
    Much help. Thank you

  10. Dennis Vaclavek says:

    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!

  11. James Caddie says:

    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.

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