Trinity Grade 8 Drums. Where to begin?
For my instrumental studies I have been given a grade 8 Trinity drum solo to learn and perform. After the first session I recorded a video to establish and evidence my starting point:
The major benefit of recording yourself is that you can then attempt a slightly more objective analysis of your skills and prowess at what you are attempting. In this case I was able to watch back what I had played and drew the following conclusions:
- The main groove is solid, but lacks feel.
- The foot keeping time on the high hat sometimes slips out of time.
- I am missing out a kick in the main groove.
- All the rudiments are slow, unpractised.
- I haven’t tried to co-ordinate the rudiments and the foot pattern at the tempo of the piece yet.
I will therefore continue practising the rudiments, consolidate the main groove and then bring all the elements together in the final piece.