Getting StartedAndy Ziker
I would like to thank Nate Brown for asking me to do this blog. I hope that the Online Drummer community will find it worthwhile.
First, a little background info. I am a professional drummer, writer, and inventor in the Phoenix area. Please feel free to visit my website, http://andyziker.com/ for a detailed bio.
Two years ago the Hal Leonard Corporation asked me to write a book called Drum Aerobics. One of their top selling guitar instruction books is called Guitar Aerobics and they hoped that a drum book using the same format (365 days of exercises) would also be popular. Fortunately, so far the book has done well: it placed as a runner-up in the 2011 Drum! Magazine Drummies and received a positive review in Drummer Cafe, http://www.drummerca…m-aerobics.html, and Modern Drummer Magazine.
My other Hal Leonard book, (the one that this blog is based on) Daily Drum Warm-Ups, started out as a happy accident. Here is link to an interview on Percussion Partners, where I tell the story of that book:http://www.percussio…your-technique.
I would like to make this blog interactive and very open-ended. By using the umbrella terms found in Daily Drum Warm-Ups: rudiments, hybrid rudiments, simple patterns, accent patterns, Moeller, weak hand builders, rhythm builders, rudimental recipes, combos, BZZzz’s, triple stroke, finger control, famous stickings, and odd time as a common language, I will share morning warm-ups and I hope that you will reciprocate and share some of yours too!
I’m going to start by displaying some sample pages from the Daily Drum Warm-Ups and one from Drum Aerobics(used with permission from Hal Leonard). As time goes by, I will create original content based on Daily Drum Warm-Ups or make up warm-ups from scratch.
Once I get the gear and figure out how to use it, I also plan on making and attaching video clips that show how to apply the warm-ups to the drumset and how to use brushes and your bare hands to play the exercises.
In Drum Aerobics, I put together a 5-page pictorial (with descriptions) in the introduction of the book. (By the way, I hired one of my stepdaughters, a former gymnast, to demo the exercises, because who wants to look at an ever-aging 43 year-old). I always feel and perform better after I do this routine. Attached is one page from the pictorial.
The following is Week 1 from Daily Drum Warm-Ups
Some things to consider when playing these these warm-ups:
• Try following the sticking, leading with your right or your left hand.
• Use the exercises as short warm-ups (10 or less repetitions) or technique buiding exercises(more than 10 times).
• Consider using a metronome or playing along with your favorite music as you play the warm-ups.
• Play the exercises on a variety of surfaces, both soft (such as a pillow) and hard (practice pad) and everything in between.
• Experiment applying these to the drumset.
The umbrella terms used in Week 1 are pretty straight forward: rudiments (based on the “essential” 40 rudiments by PAS), simple patterns (building blocks of drumming, but not considered to be a rudiment), weak-hand builders (self explanatory), and rhythm builders (sequential exercises to build your reading chops).
Not wanting this to sound like a shameless plug, but below you will find banner ads for my books. Music Dispatch is offering a special deal, free shipping, for this Online Drummer blog. I also took $5 off the price of my self-published beginner’s book, Drumscapes on amazon.com. If you order these books, thank you very much!