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Time Keeping

This is the first and foremost function of a drummer.
Honor the time between the notes. What you play is equally important to what you do play.


The key to successful time keeping is the ability to play the subdivisions correctly.


  • Play really slow tempos
  • Play different subdivisions
  • Record yourself playing


  • How To Develop ROCK SOLID TIMING! w/ Beatdown Brown (link)
  • How to Play Tight to a Metronome (link)
  • Building your internal clock, Drumeo (link)
  • Simple Exercise To Improve Timing (link)
  • Everything Is Timekeeping, Peter Erskine (link)
  • Peter Erskine on Keeping Time (link)
  • Quick drum lesson: how to improve timing and note spacing (link)
  • The "Secret" to Improving Your Rhythm and Time by Chick Corea (link)