Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Some Technique Exercises
Having been on the road for a good portion of the past two months, my Real Feel practice pad got a good workout during my travels. It's important to keep in shape while traveling and always a challenge to come up with things to work on that challenge both the technical and creative aspects of being a drummer without the benefit of shedding on an actually drum set. I always bring a pair of sticks and some form of drum pad with me whenever I'm on the go.
Here's a few exercises I've been working on:
1) STICK CONTROL - PAGE 6:
This is something that John Riley showed me, that Joe Morello had showed him.
Take the first few pages of Stick Control and apply the following stickings:
R = RLRR
L = LRLL
So the first line of Stick Control (RLRL RLRL) would look something like this:
RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL etc.
A double stroke sticking (RRLL RRLL) turns into this:
RLRR RLRR LRLL LRLL RLRR RLRR LRLL LRLL
A single paradiddle sticking (RLRR LRLL) would look something like this:
RLRR LRLL RLRR RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL LRLL
2) STICK CONTROL TRIPLET VARIATION:
A variation I came up with uses the same concept but uses triplet stickings instead:
R = RLR
L = LRL
So then a double stroke sticking (RRLL RRLL) would turn into this:
RLR RLR LRL LRL RLR RLR LRL LRL
And a paradiddle sticking (RLRR LRLL) would look like this:
RLR LRL RLR RLR LRL RLR LRL LRL
* For all these exercises and variations, put an accent > on the beginning of each paradiddle/triplet *
Ya' dig ?
Here's the first few lines of Stick Control to get you started:
3) TIME KEEPING AND THE DRUM PAD
I always have to keep in mind that hand technique is important - but it's not music (!) So when I'm working out on my drum pad, I always make sure to address some exercises that at least have me thinking about time keeping and swinging.
One thing I like to do is a play a medium tempo swing ride cymbal pattern with my Right hand and go through some different triplet variations against that with the Left hand. I try to get it to swing and feel as "triplety" as possible.
Check out this youtube clip of Ulysses Owens demonstrating his pre-gig warmup, as he basically does the same thing as I do: