BUILD YOUR SPEED
Showing speed freaks how to keep the pace while focusing on more subtle techniques
The development of speed in drumming can understandably get some bad press, especially if it’s done without offering a similar degree of attention to other essential areas, such as building a sense of time, coordination, stylistic knowledge etc. However, without some degree of focus it can also warrant some fairly everyday elements of drumming unplayable, or at least make some of them problematic. A few examples might be maintaining eighth notes on the hi-hats at faster tempos, bass drum patterns involving syncopated double-strokes or simply feeling comfortable playing a fill that moves around the kit.
In this feature we explore a range of exercises aimed specifically at developing practical speed and fluidity and which are intended to make accessing and executing ideas a much easier process. The exercises are divided into four areas; hands, kit, bass drum and double pedal. The last two might sound similar, however, the bass drum exercises predominantly look at developing the double-stroke on the bass drum where the double pedal exercises look at some useful combinations played between the feet.