Independence Exercises : Hands
Hi all, it seems like a lot of drummers have issues on how to improve limb independence so I thought I'd show a few simple exercises that can help you with different limbs.
Independence is something that you develop in time, but of course there are certain things you can do to speed up the process. My favourite way of working on independence is with displacement. Displacement is a fancy word for 'shift'. So for these exercises we will be shifting one of our limbs forward a semiquaver.
This is a great exercise to help you hear what different displacements sound like in context with a simple groove. When playing this, try to count aloud the semiquavers "1e+a 2e+a" etc. This will allow you to play any semiquaver subdivision with your right hand with the other limbs keeping an ostinato. Begin to combine these four different grooves to come up with some cool glitchy sounding beats. Play this with both a left and right hand lead!
This is fantastic for endurance and control over the leading hand. Start this one SLOW and build it up over time!
Here are some handy ostinatos that you should try play over a simple rock groove. Alternate the leading hand for the best results! The first two are fairly straightforward but the second two are a little more complicated with phrasings grouped in threes. It can be tricky to resolve the rhythms each bar so really concentrate on getting the pattern before adding other limbs. Once you are comfortable with this, begin adding more to the ostinato with an extra bass drum or some ghost notes to really bring out an interesting groove!