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Tuesday: Multiple Grips

Warm-up: Spend 4 minutes alternating between 8 bars of flams and 8 bars of roll. Be creative, and use “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson for tempo.

Skill work: Read Murray Gusseck’s article “Around the World (with velocity)”. Spend 15 minutes playing various one-hand 16th note patterns with different grips. Step outside of your comfort zone, and experiment with German (wrist), French (finger), American (wrist and finger), and traditional (right and left hands).

Challenge: Pick your weakest grip combination (left French and right traditional, for example) and spend 5 minutes playing single strokes as fluidly as possible. How fast can you play one bar of 16th notes with this grip?

Post experiences, grips, and tempos to comments.

Wednesday: Tap Drags, Fives, and Rolls

Warm-up: Spend 6 minutes playing buzz rolls and paradiddles to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson. Reference the Paradiddle Grid for more variations.

Skill work: Spend 10 minutes perfecting your Tap Drags, Tap Fives, and Tap Rolls. Begin at 80 bpm, and increase by 12 bpm each minute. If you reach your limit, back the tempo down. Focus is on a full, even diddle sound.

Challenge: Can you play the Tap Drags, Fives, and Rolls exercise off the left hand? With buzz rolls? On a pillow? Spend some time having fun with different surfaces, then come back to your drum and notice the difference.

Post tempos, heights, and various surfaces to comments.