Drum wizard Joey Jordison was recently interviewed by Drumtalk. He discusses the top mistake rock and metal drummers make these days when tackling the kit (via Blabbermouth):
“The simplest beats – on which rock music has been formed on – can be the toughest beats to execute and perform.
“It’s really easy to not respect a simple 4/4 beat because people always want to play fast. A lot of drummers will try and rush into the technicality of it, if it isn’t fast, or, ‘I’m not faster than that guy, then I’m not a good drummer.’
“My advice always is to start very simple and master your timing, master the most simple beats that you can and just keep elevating from that. Trying to go right into playing fast is not necessarily the best way to go about it, because if you don’t have your foundation locked in, it’s hard to progress. It’s very hard to go back.
“I know a lot of drummers that just went into speed and they have a very hard time locking into a really simple groove. It’s really weird, so I’d say start from the ground up at the basics and move forward from there. That’s the way I did it. It worked for me.”