- Nov 27, 2020
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Thank you for the reply. I do play drum set. I'm able to do things like the doublekick and play the bass dram without my right hand following it, but I was shocked when I realized my hands still aren't independent from each other.I'd suggest dumping the self-talk regarding "independence". that's an often misused term. You're saying dotted 8ths or 16ths is tough to grasp, i would say that falls under the category of syncopation. In any case, are you working only on a pad or snare drum? (do you play drum set yet?)
As you're still at around the first year of playing I wouldn't be too concerned about independence. That is actually at a minimum an intermediate concept as a learning drummer. You're still working on fundamentals. Some of the fundamentals do indeed involve rudiments which may have independence involved. You're probably on the edge of learning more about independence. Keep practicing rudiments. Do you read drum music? I suggest learning how to do this if you don't already. And, as with even the simplest exercises or rudiments easy or difficult, start practicing slow and work your way up, that's usually easier because the neuroconnections work that way. What is tough the first time is gradually easier. Practice a new figure or rudiment slowly and if it is tough or you're not "getting it" just put it away and address it the next day. That way you'll give your subconscious mind a chance to kick into gear with some muscle memory and eventually it should slip into a groove for you. Think about playing musical first of all, so the second it isn't grooving, slow down or even stop, pick it up again. Don't give up, you're still building fundamentals.
Most of all, remember you're having fun!
Am I not supposed to be at an intermediate level after a year? I don't know what to expect of myself. (I don't know whether I should beat myself up about my lack thereof progress or not lol.)
I taught myself how to read sheet music before I got a drum set, so I'm good in that regard.
My drumming instructor says I'm on the brink of being "intermediate", but I don't think I can get there without tackling this limb independence problem.
I appreciate the comment. I suppose I don't know what I should or shouldn't have accomplished after a year. Your insight is appreciated.