I have spent a bit of time learning to play drumkit but now I want to learn kit drumming with an MPC or midi controller in live performance.

Are there different drills I should practice to learn drumkit grooves and rudiments on a 4x4 touchpad?

On a kit, I only have 4 limbs to work with but with a touchpad I potentially have 8 "limbs" in two groups to use and coordinate. Would it be possible to learn to emulate two drumkits, like the Grateful Dead or the JB's?

  • With or without a kick drum pedal? I don't have one so I 'remember' what the kick should be doing & add it on a second take. Other than that I just use one finger on each hand & play it 'like a kit', all in one take. No fake three-handed drummer artefacts that way.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 4, 2020 at 7:46
  • @tetsujin without.
    – empty
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:28
  • Then, as I said above. Play as though you have two sticks, remember the kick part & overdub later. if you're not trying to emulate a real drummer, then the world's your oyster.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 4, 2020 at 16:10
  • @tesujin I'm trying to emulate a real drummer.
    – empty
    Jul 10, 2020 at 17:34
  • Then as I already said - two fingers & remember the kick part for an overdub.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 10, 2020 at 17:36


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