My current warm-up:
First I do a series of stretches to loosen my joints, wrists and ankles for 5 minutes. That’s when I’m listening to my trigger song
Then I start a 5 minute timer
Minute 1: at 80 BPM I play single strokes all around the kit while hitting 8th notes with double bass
Minute 2: same as minute 1 just playing doubles with my hands
Minute 3: same as minute 1 just playing paradiddles with my hands
Minute 4: at 80 BPM I play a measure of 16th notes with double bass then half a measure of 32nd notes with hands (singles)
Minute 5: same as minute 4 just at 100 BPM
For me this works really well and I’ve been using it for the last few months
My current warmup is singles and a paradiddle turnover over the kit, playing two strokes on each surface sn-hh-sn-tt-ride-sn-ft and back. I start slowly with large movements, involving the whole arms. Then slowly scaling down to more wrists and like that. And raising the tempo bit by bit. After a while the bassdrum comes in. Always trying to be relaxed and comfortable. Playing the same pattern over the kit also involves the mind so it has been good for focus :) I’ve been doing it for +/- 5 minutes.
I don’t have much of a warmup since I typically don’t have that much time to practice. Maybe 30 minutes in the am. Hopefully 40 in the afternoon. So I rushed the warmup part, almost always. I guess my warmup was to practice to the book stick control and toss in the hats on one beat and the bass drum on another beat so all 4 limbs were doing something. Honestly. Looking back now, it was far from a warmup and more like practice.
I have been using the tap pyramid, slowly 60-80 bpm, up to 12 bars per hand. Then, I do single strokes, putting accents on each sixteenth note leading with the right hand for one bar, then switching to the left hand. Next, I use my right hand to play through a bar each accenting each sixteenth note, then switch to the left hand. I spend more time (it is not set yet, 1-3 minutes) with the left hand since it is my weak hand. Next, I do parts of the bass foot boot camp. Finally, I play a triplet swing groove to use all of my limbs for three bars, then a one bar fill for a few minutes. This warmup is developing, so I do not have it completely memorized, but it is almost there.
Yeah I don’t really have a warmup routine. The closest right now to that is I’ll play a song I already know at about 80-85% of full speed just so I won’t forget it, and I know stuff solidifies in you better if you can play it slower. So I’m looking forward to this module so I can develop something. Sometimes I’ll run through the Table of Time or something, but rarely.
Hi there. In my 40 years of live playing in never Warmed-Up, it was always hurry up, put my drums up ( my warm-up hahaha ) and play. Sometimes i could feel my muscles get poisened by the lactic acid which made me aware that i should have been warming up.
Now, my warm-up routine is the ” 30 days to better doubles ”
Make the seconds count at 88 – 104 bpm ( sometimes the slower version, sometimes fast ) Double taps : same bpm’s ; Double taps with accents : 72 – 84 bpm.
Double turn around : 76 ; 8 on a Hand : 160 bpm ; Check yourself and The Burn both at 112 bpm. ; Quick hand : 80 – 84 ; the distance : 72 and Open Roll 152.
Then i am warmed up and love to do some musicality training by e.g. play drums while singing ” Down By the Riverside ” and soloing over that song. I do One hour Every Day.
Steven Im still here still plugin away!
I’ve never had a specific warm up routine. I have tended to play through a few rudiments and recently I’ve done a hand routine (alternate singles, doubles, fours, eights etc.). But I know this is an area where I can make a big improvement, so really looking forward to this module.
I use material from Tommy Igoe’s “Great Hands for a Lifetime” DVD. There’s a rebound routine, an accent routine, and then a rudiment routine. I also use your bass drum boot camp video.
These are pretty good warm ups but I really use them for endurance. I’m playing in a rock band and I’m 15 to 20 years older than everyone in the band. My goal is to keep up physically and learn the tunes.
Anyone have a tip how i can slow Stephen’s demo down, i mean the Rudiment demo. It is @ 80 bpm and i have to start slower, not for the beginning but further on with the 5 stroke Rolls etc. I have the Tempo Slow APP but until now i did not succeed in getting the audio in there. Thanks, Paul.
Still working through it Stephen! I’ve never had a warm-up routine. I just sat at the drums and went right to practice. If I ever did warm-up, it was doing a few basic rudiments all over the kit. I am looking forward to this module to develop an actual routine!
Slow and steady wins the race!
Man, I’ll be honest, once you implement a solid warm up into your routine it really takes your focus to the next level. I’m still tempted to skip mine at times but I’m always glad that I don’t. It just really takes your focus to another level and gets you ready for the session.
Finally making it to module 3 !!!
This work thing gets in the way of my practice :)
I’ve been looking forward to this module since week one! I haven’t used a warm-up in years, but I will reinstate it now. As usual, this is great stuff Stephen!
The warm up is the final nail when it comes to focus.
So I never really subscribed to most drummers Idea of warmups: Singles, doubles, that weird thing when people grab both ends of the sticks in their fists and tie their hands up.
Instead I take the sporting/athletic approach. Decide which parts of the body I’m using most (calves, shins, forearms) then warm then up (using toes raises then open/close my fists for x reps) then do some light stretches for these areas.
However I’ll approach these videos with an open mind and see what resonates with me.
Honestly, that’s how I want you to approach it. Take what resonates and will improve your time. I think that you’ll see I don’t subscribe to the common ideas of warm ups either.
My warmup is a couple minutes of hand stretches, then 5 minutes of singles/doubles/paradiddles/flams on a pad or snare. Then some around-the-kit patterns for 5 minutes with alternating kick/hihat quarters. Finally I start my practice but I try to make the first one or two things I practice less physically intensive just to make sure I’m warmed up for the harder stuff. I’m loving this AoP course so far!
Nice warm up David! Glad the material is hitting home!
I’ve been waiting for this module! Right now I keep my warm up super simple just to get my hands and brain into it. I pick a comfortable tempo and switch between 8ths, triplets, and 16ths, singles and doubles. I change up when I switch and what I switch…like 4 bars of each, then 2 bars, then 1, then every beat, i just sort of randomly pick where I’m going to go next so I dont get settled.
I normally use the warmup given from Tommy Igoe’s dvd: Great Hand For A Lifetime. That really activates your focus.
And thanks Stephen, this is an awesome course! Money well spent
Hey Lukas…so glad you’re getting so much out of it! Makes my day to know it’s making a difference
The sample series you put out for this course inspired me to pick a warmup and stick to it. That warmup’s been 8ths on the ride, stepping upbeats on the hat, then doing 4 times through of each exercise pg 5 of stick control between my left hand and right foot.
Love it man! Glad it inspired you to pick one and stick with it
Stephen, I’ve got a technical question for you. In your Rudiment Warm Up you show a Tap Flam. Before I got to this module I printed out the Percussive Arts Society’s 40 Rudiments. They show an Inverted Flam Tap which is different from your Tap Flam – what’s up with that? Are there two schools of thought in operation here? Frankly the Inverted Flam Tap is the most difficult, contrary and unnatural thing that I’ve ever ran across so I’m glad you didn’t have it on your list. Anyway, I’m just curious.
Yes, they’re two different things. A tap flam is essentially a reverse flam tap. An inverted flam tap is definitely a different thing, which is most likely why they made it a separate rudiment.
Actually I use two warmups from a couple of your youtube videos. One for hands and one for feet. I find I get bored doing the same thing everyday though and end up switching it up to work on new content. Not sure if that still qualifies as a warmup
I don’t ever warm up. I just sit down and start. It’s usually based on the concern about limited practice time and not wanting to “waste” it doing something simple. (Don’t kick me out, Teach! I’m going to change that!) I’ve done Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands warmup in the past and recognize the benefits. I just need to get back into the habit and “own” the benefits of a good warmup.
YOU’RE OUT OF HERE!!!
Lol, I forget the importance of it at times myself. It just helps you start out on the right foot…focused and warmed up for the work.
A true, organized warm up is still new to me. In the past I would warm up with a basic groove, throw in some fills and then work through a few cymbal and hat obstinatos to get my timing and feel right. Now that I’ve started to actually plan practice, I’ve got a very early draft of a warm up that just involves singles, doubles and paradiddles. However, they are at a slow rate. Since I’m reworking my technique as I focus on the rudiments, I want to warm up nice and slow so I know I am using proper form. I’ve been WAITING for this module so I can properly design a warm for grooves and a warm up for rudiments since this is how my practice time is currently carved up.
Well, I have one for both if you want to steal one of them. But stay with it for a long time. Let it soak in deep. It really does change the level of focus you are able to achieve.
Since I started scheduling (10 days ago) my warm up is 5 minutes of single strokes, double strokes and single paradiddles at 80 bpm only on the practice pad. The number of bars I stay on each rudiment depends of how it feels, tension, control, etc.
I like it!
Hi Stephen, so what I have been doing is:
high hat foot on 1-2-3-4
Kicks on the e’s and the ah’s
Then various patterns with my hands doing unison snare and FT. I started with 1/8 notes and now I’m moving to things like 1-e-&, 2-e-&… etc.
I would like to start adding rudiments to this.
I like it! What I like is that it’s methodical and intuitive. Keep adding to it and growing it as you are able. I think you’ll be amazed at what it grows in to over time.
I used to have a warm-up along the lines of “the rudiment of the day” and had a chart that I made to track this. However my “warm-up” became a very large rabbit hole and I found myself spending most my time with the rudiment. I enjoyed it (way too much) but wasn’t getting to other things so I dropped warm-up altogether. I’m interested to see what ideas I can get from you to keep things in balance.
Yea, it doesn’t have to be very long. It just needs to be consistent and performed with 100% success every time. Let me know if you have any questions about it.
I always do 10 min of a page from stick control (forgot the page number since I am at work right now), but this involves only hands. Should I incorporate something for the feet as well? It works for me to get the mind in the right mood though.
I would incorporate the feet if you can. Even if it’s just simple quarter notes on the kick and hihat together. Or eighths. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s more about continuing to improve your focus on a deeper level and warming up your mind/body.
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