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Old 17-01-2016, 12:59 AM   #1
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How many of you finger drum?

I've gotten a lot better than when I first started two weeks ago, but the basics are still kind of eluding me... Mainly one thing.

Playing the high-hat at a regular 1/4 or 1/8.

I can do it if my kicks and snares are falling on them quite easily, but as soon as i try to throw an offbeat kick in with my left hand... my right hand automatically does the same thing as my left hand. thus breaking the 1/4 or 1/8. I'm talking about when you throw the kick in right before the snare hits. That throws me completely off. Every. Single. Time.

I've literally tried for hours and for some reason, my brain just can't comprehend this. Any advice? Does it just come to you with more practice, because this is something that shouldn't even be that hard to do.

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Old 17-01-2016, 01:12 AM   #2
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

I used to have this problem with drums. Things like an offset hat or bass drum pattern were ridiculously hard for me to comprehend no matter how hard I tried. Reading some tablature was what solved it for me, and taking it very slowly. Focus on just that little chunk of a measure, do it over and over, gradually add in more and more. I know it isn't exactly the same but on a cognitive level, it is.

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Old 17-01-2016, 03:14 AM   #3
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

syncopation ain't easy. I can't speak to experience of finger drumming, but in drum-set drumming there's really only one way to do it.

Put on a metronome and keep lowering the BPM until you can play it right, then play it right 10,000,000 times, then take the BPM up by 1.

Maybe look up some actual drumset syncopation exercises & grooves, and try to play them on your pads
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Old 17-01-2016, 03:37 AM   #4
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

I don't finger drum. I suck. Step edit person myself.
I'm addicted to watching drummers on youtube.
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Old 17-01-2016, 03:39 AM   #5
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

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syncopation ain't easy. I can't speak to experience of finger drumming, but in drum-set drumming there's really only one way to do it.

Put on a metronome and keep lowering the BPM until you can play it right, then play it right 10,000,000 times, then take the BPM up by 1.

Maybe look up some actual drumset syncopation exercises & grooves, and try to play them on your pads
Yes, this is good advice!

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Old 17-01-2016, 04:17 AM   #6
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

one trick drummers use to disassociate their limbs (this should work for fingers as well) is to drum while saying the alphabet backwards.

no shit.

i guess it helps the brain multitask. my room mate is a fantastic Pad/Finger drummer. He swears by it.

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Old 17-01-2016, 03:04 PM   #7
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

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I don't finger drum. I suck. Step edit person myself.
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Old 17-01-2016, 04:01 PM   #8
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

on a lighter note finger drum does sound like a great euphemism.
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

Bet Dylan can finger drum?


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Re: How many of you finger drum?

I do 8th notes with each hand, offset by a 16th note.

Sometimes I do paradiddles or whatever while listening to music.

Mostly, practice. After 8 years or so, I can almost do offbeat things with one hand.

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Old 18-01-2016, 10:46 AM   #11
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

Easy mode: practice

Hard mode: be a drummer / tap guitar frequently
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Old 21-01-2016, 12:49 AM   #12
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

Ive been a student of Tabla for over 20 yrs. That's the ultimate finger drum.. practicing with a metronome is essential.
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Old 21-01-2016, 01:24 AM   #13
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

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one trick drummers use to disassociate their limbs (this should work for fingers as well) is to drum while saying the alphabet backwards.

no shit.

i guess it helps the brain multitask. my room mate is a fantastic Pad/Finger drummer. He swears by it.
Bodes poorly for me I can't even say the alphabet backwards laying down
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Ive been a student of Tabla for over 20 yrs. That's the ultimate finger drum.. practicing with a metronome is essential.
I had to google that. Now I want to try it

I hate to be redundant, but get a djembe, OP. You'll thank me later
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

start slow and go faster and faster.
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haha yes! ALL THE TIME
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Re: How many of you finger drum?

I do. I'm too fidgety

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