From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 5 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.

Drumming isn’t all about crossovers and showmanship, but they sure look cool and are fun to practice! I don’t use crossovers that much while playing the drums, but they’ve been extremely helpful for warming up or practicing speed. They’re also a great way to get some exercise and you’ll definitely break a sweat as you speed up the following exercises!

Ex. 1 is just a simple 16-note crossover fill. Play this as a single-stroke roll, and take it slowly to start. The last thing you want to do is bash your knuckles with a drumstick.We increase the complexity in Ex. 2 by using sixteenth-note triplets. Again, practice these figures using all single strokes. Start off by learning the pattern, then practice playing it as a one-bar fill within a groove.

The final crazy crossover in Ex. 3 is definitely the most challenging. I’ve normally used this pattern just as a ten-note single-stroke grouping, but for the sake of keeping this as a one-bar fill, I decided to turn it into thirty-second-notes, so the main pattern repeats three times and ends with two extra thirty-second-notes. Start at 50 bpm and increase tempo only when you’re very comfortable with the pattern played to a metronome.

The Fastest Way to Get Faster Drum Lesson DAY 5 Crossovers


It’s Just Practice
Don’t play these at your next jazz gig — you may not get called back.

Fair Warning!
Start very slowly. The last thing you want is a stick in the eye or nostril.