Here’s a Timing/Coordination Groove Exercise I like to do.
- The bass drum plays a “Bo Diddley pattern.”
- The left hand plays the 2 + 4 backbeat.
- The right hand moves through all the 16th note variations of a 4 note grouping on the Hi-Hat, e.g.:
X… = Quarter Note (ONE e and a)
.X.. = 2nd 16th Note (one E and a)
..X. = the off beat (one e AND a)
…X = 4th 16th Note (one e and A)
2nd run through is BOTH hands in UNISON
This might be incredibly boring to watch (LOL), but it’s an exercise I’ve found tremendously helpful to develop coordination and good timing.
Wanted to share.
This one’s for my drum students!
Here are two great sounding Linear Fill combinations.
- Learn the sticking (and footing) first, play it slowly and gradually bring it up to speed.
- Make sure the pattern sounds even and not choppy.
- Focus an clarity and groove first, the speed will come.
I demonstrate one example on the kit including three toms, but the possibilities are endless.
Play around and see if you can come up with your own orchestrations of the patterns!
Happy drumming and I hope to see you In Real Life soon!
Be well! – Beck
This quarantine has me practicing stuff that’s out of my comfort zone.
Good. That’s the only way to grow and get better.
What do you do if you’re a drummer and in quarantine? Practice, of course!
I no longer have the luxury of an acoustic kit at home, but I don’t let that stop me from creating, practicing and experimenting.
I’m using a Roland TD-17KVX and trigger Addictive Drums 2 through my MacBook Pro.
Having said that, nothing beats a REAL drum kit and I look forward to striking plastic and metal objects in rhythmic intervals, with carved wooden dowels.
Hopefully sooner than later.