Thursday, March 21, 2019
A simple, little exercise today that I call "Feet First!"
The general idea is that you play a quiet, sustained buzz, double or single stroke roll on the snare drum with your hands along with a steady stream of eighth-notes between the bass drum and hi-hat with your feet.
Use the first page of Stick Control to orchestrate these eighth-notes with your feet as follows:
R = Bass Drum
L = Hi-Hat (either as an open "splash" sound or as a tight, closed "chick" sound)
The point of this exercise is to lead things rhythmically with your feet. All to often as drum set players our feet take a backseat to what we are doing with our hands. This is intended to be a simple way to get you thinking about leading with your feet (or from the "bottom up").
I would practice this playing whatever snare drum roll you choose around a piano or mezzoforte dynamic level while the feet should be a solid forte.
Thank you Ted Warren for the inspiration for this one!