Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise

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Aloha drummers!

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)

[etc.]

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.

10 Fills Every Drummer Should Know

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10 Fills every drummer should know. Inspired by Stephen Taylor. I added/modified some fills, and of course, it’s more than 10 because some have variations…. “17 drum fills every drummer should know” just doesn’t sound as good. 😉

  • Use a metronome for the exercises and notice the spots where you tend to speed up/or slow down – aim for cconsistency.
  • Practice the fills by themselves first, then add one measure of groove before the fill, then three.
  • Once you’re comfortable with the fills as written, try to come up with your own orchestrations, while adhering to the fill sticking/rhythm

Time Feel Exercise

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This is great exercise to deepen your pulse and improve timing on the drums. I start playing a beat at the downbeat, then move it to the “e” of the beat, then the “+” and the “a.” I’m basically moving through the 16th note grid, using each 16th note as a new starting point.