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By nick carter, Oct 8 2017 03:45PM

I recently had the huge honour of being involved with the innaugral The UK Drum Show at Manchester Central Conference Centre back in late September.


What a superb weekend it was, with some stunning performances from many legendary drummers, including Dennis Chambers, Thomas Lang, John 'JR' Robinson, Simon Phillips, Craig Blundell, Michael Schack, George Kollias and Emmanuelle Caplette (to name just a few), and it was wonderful to see so many friends, some of who I hadn't seen for a number of years!


The show was exceptional with everyone having a great time, and the organisors, Gold Media and Events (run by my good freind Neil Golding and ably assisted by many of his family), did a great job of keeping everything running smoothly. A particular highlight for me however, came after the event when I was asked to record a soundtrack to accompany the highlight video made of the show by the ever wonderful Eckie...check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIsXCqx28Uk


Tickets for next years show are already on-sale, with artist suggestions and plans currently being discussed!! I've already got it in my diary: 29 & 30 September 2018!

By nick carter, Sep 21 2017 11:02AM

Hey folks, I'm really pleased to launch my new eBook 'The Power Of Paradiddles', available exclusively from my online store: www.nickcarterterdrums.co.uk/store


The book is aimed at more intermediate/advanced players, and features tons of ideas for patterns and grooves using paradiddles, inversions, flams and lots more. Having been working through this material for a number of years and teaching it to a range of students, I've made sure that every example in the book is useful, challenging and above all else, musical!


To celebrate its launch, I'm offering it at a very special price of just £3.99 instead of the regular price of £6.99 for a limited time only.


The book features...


* 58 pages containing over 550 paradiddle exercises

* Sticking patterns showcasing paradiddles and inversions

* Accent patterns to enhance your technique

* Funky bass drum patterns to deepen your groove

* Flam concepts to increase your vocabulary

+ Much more...


Simply head to www.nickcarterdrums.co.uk/store, click, download and happy practising!!



By nick carter, Sep 12 2017 11:34AM

Recently I've been spending a large proportion of my time practicing, something I always enjoy, and it's led to many new discoveries for me, both in my playing and in my approach to not only playing but also practicing.


I've long felt that practicing is an art form in itself - a good practice session, no matter whether it's twenty minutes or five hours can make you feel fresher, more energised, inspired, focussed, joyful...many things! Similarly, it can sometimes feel frustrating - patterns/exercises not feeling as comfortable as they did yesterday, musical ideas not flowing as freely as they have previously etc. but one thing it should never feel is boring. I've had students in the past who've admitted they find practicing boring and would rather be playing xStation or Playbox or whatever, and when we've drilled down into why this is, the reasons have always been the same: they either don't know what to practice or indeed how to practice.


What to practice is relatively simple to answer: work on things that you've been shown by your teacher, or anything you want to improve upon. This is where being honest with yourself and knowing your weak areas is really important - you won't know what you need to practice if you don't tell yourself what you need to practice!


Knowing how to practice is slightly trickier to master as it requires you to have a fair amount of self discipline. So many times I've seen students who claim to be bored of practicing when in actuality they're not really practicing at all but sitting at the kit simply playing over and over again things that they can already play. While this, at first, can be fairly gratifying - it's always nice to sit down and play your favourite groove, pull off your favourite fill etc. - it soon gets monotonous when that's all you do. With this in mind, I always recommend to my students a four-step practice program with each step being given an equal amount of time:


1. Warm up/hand technique : this is the perfect time to work on rudiments, sticking patterns, dynamics, technical exercises and any fundamentals of your playing, and can be done either on the kit or practice pad, snare, pillow etc.


2. Foot technique: again rudiments, patterns, fundamentals etc. this time with the feet.


3. Practice time: work on new ideas, refresh old ideas, work more dynamics into your playing, work on flow around the kit, stamina...whatever you need to work on.


4. Playtime: simply enjoy playing your instrument, BUT, try working some of the ideas from steps 1-3 into your playing.


I also recommend using a practice diary or schedule - simply writing down what you've been practicing (and when), tempos, dynamics and how it actually felt (being honest with yourself) can work wonders for your practice time. They say that practice makes perfect...but I prefer to say that prepared practice makes perfect, and as for the five P's? Proper Practice Prevents Poor Performance...

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