"What should I practice?"
This question crosses every creative person's mind at some point. The short answer is: practice something requiring you to be present. Presence is ultimately what we need in any situation, musical or otherwise. The long answer depends on where you are in life, how much time you have to practice, and your aspirations.
In my experience, I've found one can't go wrong practicing the basics. If you want to build a house, you first must lay a solid foundation. I'd like to share some techniques and strategies that will make your practice more efficient and more joyful.
I practice the 40 P.A.S. rudiments daily. It's a great way to warm up, helps you get control of the spacing between the notes, and helps you control your dynamic range.
I have been practicing a form of Alan Dawson's Rudimental Ritual, where I perform a series of rudiments on the...