TOP 5 WORST DRUM EXERCISES (Stop Doing These!!!)


TOP 5 WORST DRUM EXERCISES (Stop Doing These!!!)


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22 comments on “TOP 5 WORST DRUM EXERCISES (Stop Doing These!!!)

  1. Donald R Gozdowski says:

    This lesson was a big help. I’m guilty of most of the things mentioned.

  2. Frankie Mac says:

    Spot on advice, all in one neat piece !
    Just one thing Stephen, what would you advise in regards to getting fast doubles on lower range toms sounding articulate ?

    • Stephen says:

      Slow things down, focus on clarity of attack, and practice them on a floor tom. Don’t just think “double strokes on a floor tom”. LISTEN to the tom tone…listen to how it sounds when you play it slow, fast, muffled, etc. Part of playing a roll on a tom is to work with the sound of the tom and try to get a clear sound based upon THAT drum and its quirkiness. Hopefully that makes sense lol

      • Frankie Mac says:

        yeah, I agree but here’s the thing.

        Most, if not nearly all, players avoid playing double strokes on lower tone toms because we all know unless those strokes are ‘equal’ (i.e. not ‘crushed’) it sounds bad.

        I can get the articulation but not without being involved i.e. using wrist and fingers to pronounce the bounce stroke – which of course contradicts the concept of letting the stick do the work.

        In other words, when it comes to playing doubles on low tension drums, one needs to be more physically involved hence why the pillow practice is surely of benefit !?

        I cannot see how one gets around those constraints of physics – tell me I’m wrong … !!?

        • Frankie – I totally hear what you are saying. I actually am not “anti-pillow” practice, but I think the point being made by Stephen and Jojo is based around, no matter what, a drum (even a low tuned floor tom), will always have more rebound than a pillow. Therefore, you’ll always have a little more “gravity” to work with on drums than you do on a pillow. Therefore – why fight it?

          There are definitely two camps (anti-pillow and pro-pillow) and I can see both sides of the coin. I think the best thing is – if it works for you – do it.

  3. Neal Sausen says:

    So what are the five worst exercise is to avoid I see just a white blank space and space to leave comments so I’m leaving a comment I’ve been waiting two hours for the five exercises that you should stop doing to load up and I’m not seeing anything that seems to be a problem with your website I’m still waiting to see what the five worst exercises are any day now!
    By the way when I went to enter my name in the field I’m seeing the comment section in the name field I can’t leave my name there’s some problems with this website evidently?

  4. Laura Whildin says:

    This is GREAT advice, and I can admit I am a number #5 – I will see something and go AWWW – WOW .. I have to learn that fill !! or that beat. I am easily distracted lol … haha.. ( and really working on NOT doing that lol ) and I was a number #1 my drum teacher suggested that is how I could get my singles and doubles faster, because NO rebound. It has its pro’s and con’s, I think. I know other’s have suggested that and some teachers DO NOT. I found for ME the pillow thing was like you were saying it was actually causing me to tense UP more and actually hurting my shoulder from kind of tensing up. ( I have bad shoulder) I no longer do that, but I just use heavier sticks and THAT has actually worked for ME. BUT great video,and all SO TRUE.

  5. Jim Russo says:

    Great common se based info. Thank o!

    • Jim Russo says:

      Common sense*

    • Jim Russo says:

      Great common sense based info. Thank you!

      • Mark Ravitz says:

        I agree with everything. However….if you are looking to solo number 2 doesn’t apply in its entirety.

        • Stephen says:

          I think it does. Here’s the deal…working on complex ideas and patterns is GREAT. I’ve done it a lot. But what many fail to do is find a musical way to use it in their playing. So…if you’re soloing…can you come up with a melodic motif using that complex pattern? Can you find a musical way to apply it?

          Often solos are looked at as a chops fest. I’ve never seen them like that. They are a musical moment. Full of dynamics and energy and melody.

          So yes, work on ALL of the complex ideas. But…figure out how to transfer them to MUSICAL ideas. That’s the point there.


    Yippee. A teacher I had was all for ‘Natural Rebound’ as was Roy Burns and Joe Morello I believe.
    Roy Burns said something like “You don’t play on a pillow so why practice on one”
    Good on ya Stephen.????

  7. Patrick George McCall says:

    Oh so true. I think every drummer has wasted a lot of time doing these. Thanks for the wake-up call.

  8. Juan says:

    I’ve made a mental note to watch this call of attention regularly. I believe I’m not falling into those now, though a more thorough assessment would disagree, but I totally see myself possibly doing them.

  9. Ryan Nixon says:

    Whoa! Best BFO I’ve ever had in 27 years of drumming. Can’t wait to restructure my session this evening. Thanks Stephen.

  10. Ron Haslam says:

    Great advice ? thanks Stephan

  11. Jeff says:

    Once again good practical advice thanks

  12. Alberto says:

    A lot of wisdom here… I think I’m guilty of the fifth worst exercise.

  13. Mav says:

    Just got around to watching this. I really like how energetic you are with explanations! Great video like they always are – just wanted to say that as I appreciate great drumming advice! Thanks

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