Dynamics

Developing dynamic control is crucially important and often overlooked – a lot of drummers want to hit hard and fast, and overlook developing their control at quieter volumes.

With a good level of dynamic control, your grooves and fills will enter another dimension.

Developing this ability is something that I love to help my students with and something that I cover in detail in a number of lessons in my Progressive Drumming Masterclass.

You can start to improve your dynamic control simply by paying closer attention to the range of dynamic diversity in the beats you currently play. If a groove feels as though it’s all pretty much as a similar level of dynamic intensity, start by intentinally emphasizing the main accents within the beat – for example, within a basic 4/4 groove, that’s going to be the 1 and the 3 – making the 2 and 4 a lot softer.

This is obviously a simplification of something that goes very deep but the fundamental idea doesn’t change.

You can practice patterns and rudiments at intentionally low levels too, placing accents in specific places to help develop previously unknown dimensions of dynamic control and independence. One way I like to do this is with random number patterns and I have a lesson that specifically covers this technique within the Masterclass.

I’d love to speak to you in more detail about this if you’re open to learning?

If so, please check out the information here and book a call with me at your convenience:

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