BY TIGER BILL MELIGARI
The only way to get the full benefit of this mini-course is to study each of the lessons in order. If you’ve hung in for this entire 6-part series, you should be proud of yourself. And you should also be well on the the road to playing single stroke rolls at speeds with the best of them.
We started playing thirty-second note single stroke rolls with both hands together in the four exercises that made up the previous lesson. Check out the written notation below, along with my video demo, for the remaining four exercises.
I have made a lifelong study of drum technique and I use a combination of methods, which I have modified over the years. The reason I use more than one method is because I could never find a single method that had it all. By that I mean giving me the ability to have it all, meaning to play with as much speed, power, endurance, precision, and control as the job requires. While there are many techniques you can choose from, I strongly suggest that you migrate toward techniques that do not require muscle strength. Not that I have anything against muscles! But I do have something against carpel tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries. And it has long been known that making repetitive motions (like drumming) while keeping your muscles under tension can lead to the pain and physical degradation of repetitive motion injuries, which can become a chronic condition.
Drumming is supposed to be fun and it can be, if you approach it with your physical safety in mind!
Once you can easily play these exercises as written up to your current control speed, reverse your hands. Play the Strong (S) line with your weak hand and the Weak (W) line with your strong hand. You should find this much easier to perform and it will help ensure that both of your hands stay balanced.
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE GRADUATED!
I hope you enjoyed this mini-course and, if you’ve hung in for all 6 lessons, you must be a dedicated drummer! And you’re a drumhead I’d like to meet someday. Regardless of whether you reached your end speed goal or not, if you keep practicing these drills regularly you will get there. And you might even discover that the trip is more fun than the destination.
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Until next time, have fun and stay loose!
Tiger Bill Meligari