Questions keep coming in so let’s start up a quick Q&A session:
QUESTION: What high school drumline exercises should my line be playing?
PAT MCLAUGHLIN: I think there are four essential styles of exercises that every drumline should play (Bret Kuhn shares the same philosophy if you want to check out the interview with him on the website).
The four primary types of exercises are a legato exercise, a double beat exercise, an accent tap exercise, and a roll exercise.
You should play those four as a warm up every day. If you have additional time you could work out a stick control or timing exercise.
There are tons of exercises that fulfill each of those so find or write your favorite and use them to help your drumline improve!
QUESTION: How much stick tape do I need to put on my sticks?
PAT MCLAUGHLIN: Depends.
It’s really just a matter of personal preference.
I know guys who tape them crazy thick and other guys who tape them super thin.
I’ve never examined the exact amount of tape I put on my sticks, but if I had to estimate I’d say I have a 2 centimeter overlap or so around the spiral.
To me that’s what feels good, but again, it’s all personal preference so try different amounts and see what you like best.
QUESTION: What is The Chop Out Challenge?
PAT MCLAUGHLIN: The Chop Out Challenge is a new feature for Insider members.
It’s essentially like a month long work out plan for your chops.
A new issue is released every month and each issue focuses on improving a specific aspect of your rudimental drumming.
It’s very direct and manageable so that even if you have a lot of stuff going on, you’ll still have time to work it in throughout the month and improve your drumming with it.
To get your hands on it, sign up as an Insider:
To Your Drumming Success,
Founder of Drumline Chops