Composing progressive drum ideas can seem daunting for sure. A lot of progressive drummers, myself included, are often challenged to learn and play incredibly complex drum parts that have sometimes been written by other people (the guitarist in TesseracT composes a lot of the grooves when he’s laying down guitar demos).
This is both a blessing and a curse as it can present ideas which aren’t currently within your comfort zone. A great way to frame this is as a challenge to make them a part of your default abilities. This is how I tackle these ideas, and with each new song, I learn something new.
Regarding specifically composing your own progressive ideas, there are a few things that have worked for me and I share them in detail within my Progressive Drumming Masterclass.
Firstly – I remove the biggest obstacle. I start by using a computer.
If I compose a beat using Cubase and Toontrack Superior Drummer (software and drum samples) – I can tweak it until I enjoy the sound of it, and then learn it at my own pace by using the MIDI as a visual aid. This speeds up the learning process a HUGE amount.
It’s a super-fast way of writing and learning beats and fills that, yesterday, were completely unplayable.
Again, within the Masterclass, I cover this approach in detail.
I also detail a foolproof method to compose new ideas as a method of practice within the first module.
I’d love to speak to you in more detail about this if you’re open to learning?
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