From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 10 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands & Feet
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for five minutes, and then play them in sequence for fifteen minutes.
It’s the last day! Congratulations! Now let’s take the concepts that we’ve covered so far and merge them into — say this next part in your best announcer voice — a single mind-numbing exercise! I love doing this sort of thing, as it reinforces everything you’ve been practicing and guarantees that you’ve internalized all the concepts.
Similar to the other exercises in “Fastest Way To Get Faster,” you should start these slowly and learn the patterns first, then practice along to a metronome in time. Once you’ve done that, try applying these within a one-bar drumbeat.
Ex. 1 utilizes sixteenths, thirty-seconds, and sixteenth-note triplets — so I hope you’ve practiced your note value tree! And next up, in Ex. 2, we play the pattern in 6/4 time and utilize eighth- and sixteenth-note triplets. Within these note values, we play different groupings of three, five, and seven. It’s not easy, but using these combinations can help you so much with your speed and fluidity around the kit.
And for the final exercise in this series, we play another 6/4 pattern in Ex. 3, and utilize sixteenths and sixteenth-note triplets, as both hands play together.
Pay It Forward
Consider sharing these exercises with a fellow drumming friend.
Let’s Get Musical
Try turning these exercises into musical sounding drumbeats or fills.