Are bass drum 150bpm 8th notes considered fast or difficlult? Arrrrrgh!!!
Why does my right foot not want to play 150bpm 8th notes? 3 in a row on the &of2 the3 &of3 in the second measure of a simple 4/4 rock groove!! How easy does it get, haha!
It's weird that I just can't get on top of this after 2 years, it's a groove I laid down for one of our bands original songs.
I reckon it's something in my head so I'm looking for ideas on how to break a bad pattern I've somehow learnt along the way, it's starting to do my head in after hours of practise on this very simple rock beat.
The groove is about as simple as they come and it's played over two measures...
Hi-hat constant 8th notes
Snare on the 2 and the 4
Bass first measure 1 &of2 3 &of4
Bass second measure 1 &of2 3 &of3 &of4
Over the last 2yrs I've been practising this groove working from 110-150bpm going up in 5bpm increments, trying heel down, heel up, heel toe, slide, twist and on 5 different pedals and my foot still starts misfiring at 135bpm. Sometimes it plays sweetly but mainly I can't get it to work with any consistency at all and it's starting to do my head in :-o
I'm 99% sure that I've wired my brain to screw it up consistently. Three tutors and countless youtube lessons and various books have failed to break my learnt pattern, I've tried all kinds of relaxation techniques, changing the beat unexpectedly to try and trick my brain, watching tv while I'm practising, high seat, low seat, leaning back, leaning in, staring at nice pictures on the wall, staring out the window, concentrating intensely, relaxing intensely, you name it I reckon Ive tried it but after 2 years and almost zero progress beyond 135-140bm I'm totally confused.
Are 150bpm 8th notes considered fast? I wouldn't have thought they were that fast and shouldn't be that difficult to master, or are they? I really don't know, all Ive been told is practise practise practise but surely 2years with this simple groove would seem excessive to me but maybe I'm wrong.
Anybody else had similar issues with relatively simple stuff? So, come on guys and gals who's got a pearl of wisdom for me?
The pedals I've used range from Demon Eliminator to a cheapish Mapex P320 but I seem to have psyched myself into thinking I can't play this beat now no matter what pedal I use or what technique I play, haha!
Incidentally I have absolutely no problem playing this beat at this tempo with just my foot tapping on the floor no matter what technique I use, heel down, heel toe etc etc.
Input appreciated :-)
Last edited by nigelfrazer; 07-10-2012 at 11:26 PM..