This is the hardest step in my opinion. It requires discipline and you have to stay focussed and most of all… DON’T GIVE UP!
If you don’t own a metronome, there are some phone apps you can pick up, but I think it’s an essential tool every serious drummer should own.
You’ll want to start each “chop” slow… as slow as you require to play the chop from beginning to end. This might mean you’re playing it one note at a time. This is your starting speed or tempo. Using a metronome, find the speed and write it down.
Decide to work the chop up to a faster speed each time you sit down to practice. For example, if your starting speed is 40bpm (beats per minute), decide to bring it up 10 beats each day.
If you’re human (and you probably are) you’re going to want to skip to the end where you’re shredding on the chop. It takes practice and discipline to keep with it and work chops up to speed.
A Final Note
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out at the drums or you’re a working pro, this method of working chops up to speed ALWAYS applies. A Pro might get to the finish line quicker, but you have to think they’ve done this hundreds of times. You’re skills at picking up new chops will improve and each one will come faster and faster.
I hope this has inspired you and given you the encouragement to start with PossibleChops. Our community of pros and members is increasing every day. We are all here as fellow drummers to encourage you to improve and have more fun behind the kit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
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Here’s the link to the Lesson I used in the demo.
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