As drummer’s – our key role is to keep consistent time for the other members of our band.
Understanding basic music theory is a great tool to help drummers with their time keeping and musicality. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn the basic note values, rests and time signatures. I also ensure they work hard to tap their foot whilst they drum.
A great exercise to understand note values and in particular sub-dividing notes, is the attached exercise sheet. It’s an excerpt from my Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Book, Volume 2. Why not give this sheet a go!?