How to Play “In the Pocket” — 4 Exercises to Get Better At Playing In Time (For Non-Drummers)

How to Play In the Pocket

What does it mean to play “in the pocket”?

Picture of a drummer playing in the pocket.

Legendary Pocket Players

4 Exercises for Improving Your Pocket

Having a good pocket is essential in a professional band

Exercise #1 Victor Wooten’s Halving Metronome Technique

Exercise #2 Meticulously Study The Greats of Groove (via Michael League)

Exercise #3 The “Drop Out” by Paul Davids

Exercise #4 The Time Experiment




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Nathan Phelps

Nathan Phelps

Nashville-Based Writer & Musician —Writing about practicing music and whatever else comes to mind.