From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 4 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands-Only
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for five minutes, and then play them in sequence for ten minutes.
Okay, today’s title isn’t very good, but I hope I caught your attention and made you read this to find out what the heck I was thinking.
This is one of my favorite ways to practice speed and fluidity around the kit. Ex. 1 is in 2/4, so you play two notes on each drum moving down to the floor tom and then back to the snare. Each of the following patterns uses the exact same format, starting with groups of two, then moving to fours, sixes, and eights.
When practicing this as a repeating sequence or as individual exercises, you’ll notice one of the hardest challenges is restarting the pattern back on the snare. It can feel like your right and left hands have become snarled in a traffic jam as you cross over from floor tom to snare. Just start slowly with this at 60 bpm until you develop a feel for it, and then speed up at increments of 5 bpm.
Go slowly to start — you don’t want to bruise your knuckles on your snare hoop. It hurts!
Go ’Til You Sweat
Break a sweat and use this as an exercise routine. You’ll lose weight and become a better drummer!