Coordination is a key element in creativity. Being able to express yourself on command is a goal for many drummers. These exercises are some that I use to practice coordination, and to build some chops. Alternate hands in the first measure, then follow the various stickings in the second measure. The left foot on the hi-hat is a key part. Try to lock with the hi-hat. Once you are comfortable, increase the tempo, then phrase the patterns around the kit. Try to groove for 3 bars, then fill for one bar. Then groove for 4 bars and fill for 4 bars, phrasing each pattern around the kit. Enjoy!
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