Show­ing speed freaks how to keep the pace while fo­cus­ing on more sub­tle tech­niques

Rhythm - - CONTENTS - Words: Pete Ri­ley pho­tos: Olly Cur­tis

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.

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