From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK
There are plenty of ways to improve your speed and many are effective. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you find a plan that’s easy to follow, motivates you to practice, and provides exercises that deliver results. That’s exactly what I did by creating a simplified process that has worked very well, very quickly, for me and thousands of drum students.
I originally created “The Fastest Way To Get Faster” as a 10-Day routine for myself. It worked so well for me that I started passing it along to my students and received similarly positive feedback. It continued to grow and be refined over the years, and now I’m so excited to introduce you to the new and improved lesson series that will help you rapidly improve your speed around the kit!
Unfortunately, this series isn’t a magic pill that will instantly increase your drumming velocity. I can’t “plug you in” and upload all of the knowledge and skills to your brain and make you instantly fast. But that’s a good thing! If it was that easy, then every drummer would be blazing fast, and developing your skills simply wouldn’t be as rewarding.
You will need to practice hard, stick with it, and possibly even push yourself more than you’re used to as you work through the following lessons and exercises. The easiest way for you to get faster is to practice regularly — every day if possible. It’s all about consistency. This series isn’t meant to require 100-percent of your practice time, but for the next ten days, I’d recommend using it to fill around 50-percent of your time on the kit.
Before jumping into the routine, please take a moment to think about why you want to play faster. If it’s for superficial reasons, you might never feel like you’ve reached your goal. But if you’re looking to improve your speed to create better music or more interesting drumbeats, or to add more consistency to your playing, then you’re going to love the process of improving. In many ways, it’s not about speed. It’s all about the music. It’s about having full control over what you’re playing at any tempo or dynamic level, using any movement.
The first five days focus only on the hands, while the remaining five days will combine both hands and feet. Let’s do this!
Jared Falk is the founder of Drumeo, an online drumming tutorial site offering video lessons with a number of instructors.