From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 3 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands-Only
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for five minutes, and then play them in sequence for 15 minutes.
Truth be told, this warm-up wasn’t my invention. I was first inspired to practice it while hanging out with Larnell Lewis (please check him out, in case you never have).
It’s a simple exercise that consists of one bar of single strokes, one bar of double strokes, and one bar of a single paradiddle. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, that’s easy!” But it’s not as easy as you think if you force yourself to focus on the right things. Start off just by familiarizing yourself with each individual pattern, then move on to playing them in sequence.
When playing, focus on getting the singles, doubles, and paradiddles to all sound totally even. If I was listening to you practice, I should have trouble discerning when you were switching between sticking patterns. Once you can seamlessly play through all three exercises, pick up the tempo and move it around the kit. You’re going to notice huge improvements!
Play This Anywhere!
This is sometimes best practiced away from the kit, so just play on your legs or a table.
Send Me Your Video
If you want to try this out, record yourself but don’t let me see your hands. Email me the video link: firstname.lastname@example.org.