That golden rule progress

I performed That golden rule by Biffy Clyro in lesson. The videos can be seen below. After filming the first video I realised how important correct monitoring is for a drummer. During the first attempt I could not hear the track very well as it was playing through the PA monitors in the room. The song is fairly heavy and needs to be played with a lot of energy and volume, this meant I couldn’t hear the song over my playing. For the next attempt you can see in the second video, I used headphones directly from the PA for monitoring. The improvement was drastic, allowing me to show my true progress with the track. I have been practicing with my in ear monitors, and so will need to find a way to monitor my live recital with those, so I can hear the perfect mix of all the other players or backing track. As for progress on the song, similarly to Anna Molly, I had not yet finished learning the bridge of the song, as it is fairly complicated. The way the track has been created, it seems as though there are several different time signatures going on, due to the rhythms carrying across multiple bars unevenly, even if they do work out eventually. I have since learnt this part of the song, understanding how the patterns work within the song. I am having some trouble getting used to using my left hand for certain accents, this allows the rhythm to continue playing with the right hand so there is no empty space, but they are coming along well. I am also noticing that they are helping with my left hand control, which i have previously noted as an aspect of my playing that requires work, and the skills learnt from this track will be a great addition to my overall playing ability. I also noticed in the second video that I am always dragging slightly behind the track, which for this song isn’t accurate. It needs lots of energy in order to stay on top, and to push the beat constantly without rushing.

Anna Molly progress

After the first week of learning Anna Molly by Incubus, I performed the rough version of the track in lesson. The video is shown below. Watching the video back, I noticed that my sixteenth notes on the hi-hat come out of time fairly often, and I have to keep trying to back into the rhythm. The track is very quick and requires even strokes between both hands and my left hand is not keeping up with my right hand. Because of this I have began practicing some patterns leading with my left hand in order to increase the control I have over my left hand. I am also trying to use the technique of playing two notes from the wrist with one stroke down of the arm. This will allow my left hand to play at much higher speeds like my write hand as it means less effort is put into each beat, and so my playing will be a lot more relaxed. Since practicing this after I made this video, I have finished learning the bridge of this song, which I struggled with before hand. My sixteenth notes are also becoming a lot more even, not quite in time with the song yet, but I am doing a lot less keeping up and should be up to speed before my recital. Some of the fills which involve combining two sixteenth notes played with hands followed by two sixteenth notes played with the bass drum are very difficult when playing at the speed of the track. I have slowed these down, to make sure I get the spacing right, and don’t overlap my hands and feet, once they are perfected I will slowly bring them up to speed.