DRUMMING CONCEPTS & EXERCISES
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Hi Hat Independence: The 4th Limb
I’ve written twenty-four triplet based exercises that utilize the standard jazz ride cymbal rhythm along with linear patterns between the snare drum and bass drum.
The eight hi-hat rhythms (A-H) are meant to be practiced along with each of these exercises. You may choose to practice Letter “A” along to all 24 exercises before moving on to letter “B”, or practice letters A through H to exercise # 1 before moving onto exercise #2. This is entirely up to you. Other routines are also possible and should be explored.
I would recommend making sure that you are able to repeat each exercise many times in succession in a relaxed manner with a good “feel” before considering an exercised “mastered”. Also, it’s a good idea to practice these at various tempos, and possibly, at least some of the time, to a metronome.
In doing so, you will be gaining greater flexibility, removing some physical restriction and allowing creative thoughts a better chance of being realized.