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I sometimes write minimal piano music only to contrast it with busy, breakbeaty beckbeat explorations. 

One part of me has a very methodical approach when it comes to practicing/playing the drums. 

The other part needs to let go and sketch, improvise and flow – without thought. 

Ideally, as an artist, I live a little bit in both worlds.


16th Note Hi-Hat Variations in a drum beat


Here’s something I like to practice:

I’m improvising grooves while working my way through different 16th note variations on the hi-hat. I’ve found this to be a great way to come up with new ideas, strengthen my coordination, and improve my timing on the drums. Too often we drummers forget about the endless possibilities seemingly simple rhythms can offer, especially when applied in a creative, groove oriented way. Have fun! – bex out!