Daily Drum Bites
Welcome! Here are your 7 currently available lessons. Every day, a new video is uploaded and the oldest video is removed. Make sure to download the lessons so you can revisit them offline whenever you want. Have fun learning!
- Siros Vaziri
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Q&A - Week 38
Q: “I'm loving the daily drum bites and getting through most of them. I was just wondering why you changed the format though as the download process was much smoother linked to Dropbox before...”
A: “I’ve now changed the download buttons back to Dropbox links again. The Vimeo download solution worked smooth on Android and computers, but apparently not at all on iPhone (thanks for the feedback, everyone!). The reason I changed was that some people were having trouble navigating the Dropbox download, and the Vimeo solution seemed a lot smoother.
Please keep giving me feedback on how I can make DDB a better service. It’s all ment for you to enjoy, so I’m happy to make adjustments and add more to it all!
Q: “Any good exercises to help with left foot independence?”
A: “The way I developed my left foot independence was through so called ‘grid exercises’. The usual issues with left foot independence come from trying to use your right foot at the same time - often we can play pretty freely with our hands over our left foot, but not so much with our right foot also being in the picture. I first learned about grid exercises when I asked Mike Johnston more or less the exact same question, and that was a game changing moment for me.
The basic grid exercise goes like this:
Start with keeping quarter note time with your left foot. Now play your bass drum simultaneously on all the quarter notes as well, for two bars of 4/4. Then move your bass drum strokes one 16th note further forward, so that you play all your bass drum strokes on the ‘e’ of every beat. Do that for two bars, while still keeping your left foot on the downbeats, and then shift the bass drum an additional 16th note further away, so that the bass drum strokes land on the ‘and’ of each beat. Do that for two bars, and finally move the bass drum to the ‘a’ of each beat, for two bars, before starting over from the beginning.
This teaches you to play your bass drum at any 16th note of your choice, while still keeping your left foot going on the downbeats. When you’re able to do this first step at a decent tempo, change your left foot pattern into 8th notes, or upbeat quarter notes, or do it all in 8th note triplets instead, or some other subdivision, or with double kick strokes instead, and keep moving things around to explore all the different combinations available to you. This will help you develop independence between your feet, and from here you can start adding your hands into the equation as well. The sky is the limit. :)”
Q: “Do some fill/groove with double bass pedal!”
A: “There will be more lessons like this in the not too distant future, stay tuned!”
Q: “Any tips on making it in the music industry?”
A: “Work ethic, personality & attitude are more important than your skills as a drummer. Don’t get me wrong, you need to sound good behind the kit, but a lot of times that’s not going to be what gets you or keeps you the gig. Musicians often tend to be some of the worst people to work with, haha. If you can rise above that, be super professional, work hard, take criticism the right way, and constantly strive to improve at what you do and make the people around you feel (and sound) great, then you’re on the right path. You might not be ready for your dream gig right now, but a great work ethic will get you there, it’s just a matter of time.
There’s a lot more to be said here, but it would be a loooong text…
I coach people a lot about this stuff over Skype lessons. If you want to dive in further, hit me up and let’s set up a lesson.”