Daniel Glass Show

355 – [Daniel Glass Show]: Understanding Pulse: The “Throw-Up” Exercise

In this session, Daniel breaks down the oft-heard term but mysterious term “pulse,” and shares a simple but powerful exercise called “Throw-Up,” which he’s used to help thousands of drummers clarify their grip, strengthen the internal clock, and find a much deeper pocket.

What’s covered in this session:

  • Why understanding pulse is so vital for every drummer’s playing, no matter what “kind” of drummer you consider yourself to be (jazz, rock, etc.).
  • A clear definition of “the American pulse” and what makes it so unique and important.
  • An introduction to Daniel’s patented “throw-up” exercise, which is designed to help you effortlessly play (and more importantly, FEEL) the American Pulse.
  • A system for practicing the “throw-up” and some musical examples to use as a guide.

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6 replies
    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Great – glad you continue to dig deeper with your desire to seek knowledge. You’re doing all the right things, my friend. Keep it up, and don’t forget to have fun 🙂

      Reply
  1. Mark Daniels
    Mark Daniels says:

    Good stuff Daniel! I have even worked with dribbling tennis balls to get the good feel of that “upward” movement. I even dribbled the balls with the Ted Reed Syncopation book. Also, how true about Gadd & Jordan.

    Reply
  2. John Foster
    John Foster says:

    Great podcast. I got a lot of out of this one. Funny thing – the way I learned drums, by playing along to records, I think I picked up a lot of this naturally, without realizing it. I like the idea of driving the beat and yet laid back at the same time.

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    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Yes, doing both things at once feels great, and it is TRICKY! BUT, that feel is at the heart of all of our American Music! Thanks for the comment.

      Reply

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