Drumming Exercises To Help Improve Your Drumming

Drumming exercises are important to do if you want your drumming talent to increase. We just had the South African World Cup 2010 and we all know that those athletes do some serious training like practice runs, kicks, stretches, muscle memory activities and more. All of that to get better at their sport.

If they have to do that with soccer in order to get better, we need to do that with our drumming in order to get better!"

A favorite quote that I believe in goes like this...

" Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect."

And that is a very true statement whether it comes to drumming, an athletic sport, or a talent etc.

So since I have been drumming for 10 years now I will you show some exercises that I have done that helped me and my drumming get better. I peppered some tips through out as well.

Ways To Improve Your Drumming

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Increasing Your Hand Speed Through Gained Control

Exercise #1

Practice controlling your bounce. Bounce your stick off the center of your snare drum as follows:


Keep doing this slowly until your feel and are SURE that your bounce is a "controlled" bounce. Try out different patterns such as RRR LLL RRR LLL or RR LLL RRR LL R L R LLL RRR LL RR and so on.

TIP#1- Don't speed up without gaining control because your drumming will just end up sounding messy.

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Exercise #2

Have your less dominant hand play the hi-hat. Meaning, when you play your basic drum beat let your less dominant hand play the hi-hat. If your a "righty" let your left hand do it, if your a "lefty" let your right hand do it. Learn how to play the basic beat.

Increasing your foot pedal speed

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Exercise #3

If you are a "righty" play the drums with your left foot. Meaning, let your left foot or less dominant foot play the bass drum and play a basic beat over and over again until you gain more control.

Tip#2- After about 15 minutes of playing, take a short break for about 5 minutes, come back and continue playing. This should help you.

Exercise #4

If you have a double bass pedal, let your feet play this pattern


Or this


Slowly to more quickly just like your hands.

Tip #3- Do not rush to get faster at this. When you are able to play a certain speed very comfortably then you can move on. If not then just take a break, come back and continue playing at the speed that you have not yet mastered. Use a metronome.

Drumming exercises might seem irritating at first but just keep trying, it will pay off.

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