this amazing thing for us, courtesy of Jon McCaslin of Four On The Floor, courtesy of some guy who saw Han Bennink do a workshop, and wrote it down. I figure the more people reblog this kind of thing, the more it becomes a set part of the literature of drumming.
These are Bennink's suggestions for practicing the drums:
“Play as fast as you can for 5 minutes without repeating yourself.
Same thing goes for slow, loud, soft and any combination of them.
Play one piece of your drumkit for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting, do this untill you have played all pieces.
Repeat the same beat for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting.
Play a crescendo lasting 5 minutes ending as loud as possible.
Play solid time for 5 minutes, check with metrone before and after, repeat untill your time is really solid.
Play completely free for 5 minutes, no time is allowed.
When you think you have become good at these exercises extend them by 5 minutes each. etc. These exercises should last you a lifetime.”