Warm-up: Spend a few minutes playing some accent-to-tap variations to the tune of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Pomplamoose.
Skill work: Today we will focus on a classic exercise called Double Beat Shuffle:
Begin slowly (dotted 1/4 note = 120 bpm), and notice how each variation builds upon the last. If you are a marching percussionist, strive to play the accents more with your wrist; if you primarily play drumset, use some Moeller technique to help.
Challenge: How fast (and smooth, with perfect technique) can you play variation 4? If this becomes too easy, then try adding a diddle on the middle partial of every triplet (R ll R R ll R…).
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Warm-up: Spend 5 minutes playing a mixture of singles and doubles with a variety of grips (American, French, German, traditional, with both hands). Use “Wide Eyes” by Local Natives for tempo.
Skill work: Spend 15 minutes working on your “soft accent” or “semi-Moeller” technique. Use this basic singles exercise phrased in 12/8. The motion should initiate from the elbow at medium tempos, the wrist at fast tempos, and the back of the hand at extreme tempos. Start at 100 bpm to gain fluency, then gradually increase the tempo as you feel the fulcrum shift forward.
Challenge: Read “Striking a Balance Between Facility and Musicianship” by Mark Manczuk from Vic Firth’s The Exchange. If you are following the Rudimental Hands program, then you are on your way towards achieving a masterful facility with sticks. What are you doing to work on your musicianship?
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