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Quick Drum Tips for Building Hand Technique!

Looking to build your hand technique? Want to play faster with more control?

Let’s start with some important drum rudiments!

The most commonly used rudiment is the single stroke roll.

The Single Stroke Roll is played alternating hands from right to left, just like a march (RLRL).

Set the metronome to 60 beats per minute (BPM). Play two bars of eighth notes followed by two bars of sixteenth notes. Now play this exercise on repeat for a minimum of one minute. I recommend playing for closer to five minutes to really get this feeling comfortable. Once you have mastered that slow tempo, add ten beats per minute to the metronome and start again. Keep adding 10 BPM until you can't play any faster. Once you can get up to 200 BPM playing sixteenth notes you know you have done your homework!

Next try double strokes (RRLL), then paradiddles (RLRRLRLL) and keep going from there!

There are a total of 40 Drum Rudiments (Excluding hybrid rudiments), so try to make it a goal to learn all 40 and play this exercise with all of them!

This will help you tremendously in building your sense of timing, hand speed, control and will of course get you to truly match your right and left hand once and for all!

For more info about drum rudiments feel free to get in touch with me!


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