From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 2 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands-Only
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for ten minutes, and then play them in sequence for 15 minutes.
I can’t say for certain that Buddy Rich played this exact fill, but it sure sounds like something he would do, especially when it’s played super-fast.
Ex. 1 and Ex. 2 use triplets, which will help you to increase your speed while moving around the drum set. Most drummers are very good at playing groups of four around the kit, always leading each of those groupings with their dominant hand. Well, that’s going to change right now, because you will have to change the lead hand as you move from drum to drum. I know it looks easy, but when you push the tempo faster and faster, it isn’t!
You can start this one at 70–80 bpm, and move up in increments of 5 bpm at a time as you become comfortable with the pattern.
Easy Does It
What sounds good and looks cool doesn’t always work in a musical context, so use this sparingly.
Change It Up
Try playing this same pattern grouped as sixteenth-notes or sixteenth-note triplets.