DRUMMING CONCEPTS & EXERCISES
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I plan to post an exercise each month (or more often) that you may find fun, interesting to play, and helpful. They were developed to target specific aspects of drumming and my students seem to enjoy them. I hope that you will too!
As my very first entry into my drum exercises page, I decided to post an exercise that works on using the bass drum in a “melodic” fashion. Here the bass drum functions kind of like a lower pitched floor tom, only that it is played with the foot rather than the hand.
If you’re not used to dealing with the drum set like this, it may take a little while to get used to. But using the bass drum in this way opens up a world of possibilities for drummers. Besides sounding very good, these exercise will likely improve your coordination a great deal making you freer to express yourself on the drums!
Some Notes About This Exercise
Each exercise has sticking above and below it. A left handed player may feel more comfortable with the sticking above, and a right handed player with the sticking below. But feel free to practice both stickings if you like.
If you’re able to do it, playing 2 & 4 on your hi hat is the way to go.
Exercise #5a uses an abbreviated notation on the 2nd and 3rd eighth notes. The diagonal lines mean that 16th notes are to be played, and the two dots indicate two articulate (not buzzed, but rather double) strokes are to played on each of those written 8th notes.
I also should mention that while I did not write a “3” above each grouping, each three note grouping is a triplet.
Aim for a good sound, smooth and flowing execution. These are triplets, they should just roll along!