DRUMMING CONCEPTS & EXERCISES
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The Left hand Development Exercise (ala Joe Morello)
The Left hand Development Exercise (ala Joe Morello) is pretty much self explanatory.
I’ve written continuous 8th note triplets with the accent on the last note of each triplet to be played solely by the Left hand. The Right hand occasionally fills-in making various combinations of 16th note triplets.
The first two bars act as both an intro and an interlude between exercises (see instructions at top right of the exercise). The information at the left top of the page is simply to give an indiction of how long it will take to go through this exercise at various tempos once the exercise is mastered. That last word, "mastered", is important because, as with all exercises, care should be taken that exercises are not rushed through but instead, practiced carefully with a relaxed feeling.
The purpose of this exercise is to give the left hand a workout and place it in a dominant rhythmic position in the music (left hand lead).
Please note that this exercise is geared toward right handed players. Left handed drummers should simply reverse the sticking for the same effect.