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Playing In The Center Of Your Drum For Marching Percussion
    Drumming in the center of the drum applies primarily to marching percussion where so much of what's going on is not based only on the sound you produce but the image you present across the percussion section. It is important that at minimum a few key aspects of your technique be defined in order to present a uniform package and to exude confidence.
    One area that many people don't think about (at first) or concern themselves with is playing in the center of the drum. It should probably be said now, rather than later, that not every drum requires you to play in the center, there are the quads, quints, sextets, toms, quad-tom, tri-tom, tenors, whatever you want to call them. For these drums your goal is to playin in your playing zones as defined by your percussion staff. For snare, you are playing in the center, for bass you are playing in the center. The following methods explain that you can fix "wandering bead syndrome" or any of the following for snare and quads as well as plain old "not playing in the center much" for bass drums. No matter the drum everyone can benefit from the first method for snares and quads when drumming on a practice pad.
These Tips Will Prevent:
The Busted Volcano
The Highwater
The H & H Express
Low Pants
Mr. T
The Nancy
What you will need:
Gatorade Bottle (at least the cap)
Plastic or Duct Tape (not scotch or masking)
A Practice Pad (or a drum...i guess)


What you need to do:

    Take the Gatorade cap and place in the center of your practice pad. If you have one of the Real Feal practic pads that have two different surfaces on the same side it may be best if you place it in the center of either half.

    You can't see it very well in the picture but you will place a length of tape across the Gatorade cap. Make sure the length of tape is about as long as a DVD case is tall. Be sure that as much tape as possible comes in contact with the drum pad, you don't want any gap between the tape and cap or the tape and the pad.

    Take a second piece of tape and place it across the cap and drum pad making a cross relative to the other piece of tape. The cap should now be firmly fixed to your practice pad. All Done!

    This might all seem very simple, very stupid, or both. BUT when practicing your beats you are not only keeping the beads of your drum sticks in the center of the head and as close together as possible without touching them to eachother, you are also practicing constant stick control.

    The top of the Gatorade bottle cap is not flat it's rounded. Because of this you need to play with more control compared to playing on a flat surface.

    Playing a complete warm-up routine on a Gatorade cap will kill two birds with one stone; proper placement of your drum sticks on the practice pad, and proper grip and maintenance of control in regards to your hands contacting the sticks.
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