From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 6 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands & Feet
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for five minutes, and then play them in sequence for 15 minutes.
Sometimes you’ll hear a drummer play a beat that sounds extremely difficult and fast, but when you break it down it’s actually shocking in its simplicity. This happens to me quite a bit when I read transcriptions of famous songs played by my favorite drummers.
Today’s set of exercises is all about playing things that sound crazy fast, but can be very simple when you add your feet. You can play this starting with the bass drum or hands — it’s up to you. Just make sure to alternate hands to really test your balance and speed.
Start off by practicing only Ex. 1 a lot before moving on. It’s likely that the next two will be much easier once you get the basic feel for the first pattern. Just keep an eye on the last two: they look similar, but the hand patterns change to double strokes and a single paradiddle. I’m sure you’ll get the idea.
Watch the Thomas Pridgen lesson on the Drumeo YouTube Channel. He has complete dynamic control over each of his limbs.
Add Any Rudiment
You can play any rudiment in the hand patterns for the last two exercises. Play around and have some fun!