The "7 Drum Lessons"
1. Establish awareness
2. Identify patterns
3. Start slow and count out loud
4. Isolate and loop the hard part
5. Repeat until effortless
6. Explore variations
7. Make it groove
This approach works. By addressing each of these concepts while learning anything, 7DC students improve dramatically, build a strong foundation, amd have more fun doing it.
You can learn much more material in much less time if you understand and address the psychological process of learning, because you can tailor the order and pace of the material presented, and practice effectively.
1. Establish awareness -- You'll always develop quicker if you can (a) coach yourself, and (b) anchor new concepts to areas you're already familiar with.
2. Identify patterns -- Any beat or song can be deconstructed and/or simplified to the point where anyone could play it. This is the key that unlocks coordination.
3. Play slowly and count out loud -- Verbally speaking the beat
4. Isolate and loop the hard part -- Repeating the beat, or even a portion of the beat, until you can play the coordination challenge correctly without thinking about it or looking at the music.
5. Repeat until effortless -- Repetition is how you build muscle memory, which allows you to play things easily. Without it, it's still new and you'll forget!
6. Explore variations -- Try doing the same drum beat on a different cymbal or tom, or something wild. This makes the actual exercise seem easy, taps into your creativity, and transforms you into a great drummer.
7. Make it groove -- Different than playing the exercise correctly! Striving to "feel" the beat, enjoy playing it, and find the same excitement you get from listening to awesome music.