Let your right hand teach your left.
Practice Pad Time!
This exercise will strengthen your weaker hand and help to make quick switches between paradiddle variations/rolls and accents.
Start slow, and focus on timing and playing clean. Speed is a result of control.
Here’s the PDF
- Play “A” (right hand lead) followed by “1”
- Play “A” (left hand lead) followed by “2”
- Play “B” (right hand lead) followed by “1”
- Play “B” (left hand lead) followed by “2” …. and so on and so forth
“Practicing with a metronome is boring.”
As an alternative, I recommend practicing technique drills, or stick control exercises to your favorite music. Find a song you like with a tempo that suits you, lock in the groove, and play away.
As a drum teacher I’ve noticed that one of the most difficult things for beginner drummers is to switch rates, e.g., to go from triplets to 16th notes, and moving between different 16th note variations.
This short exercise is designed so you can play along with me (or the click only), get comfortable with counting, and develop confidence in switching beats while keeping the tempo.
Try to keep a steady quarter note pulse on the bass drum during the exercise.
If you’re wondering about the sticking of some of the variations, you can find them in my PDF Kick Start.
Ps.: I posted both play-alongs in the educational section on my website.