Welcome to the second segment of my lesson designed to develop both the speed and endurance of your single stroke roll while letting you compare your speed to that of the legendary Buddy Rich, who was capable of maintaining single strokes at speeds of up to about 950 beats per minute (bpm). If you missed part 1 of this lesson, please check that out first before working on this.
These exercises are based on a lesson that I originally developed for a drum clinic and it has become one of my most popular clinics over the years. Drummers always have lots of fun comparing their chops to that of the legendary Buddy Rich, who was capable of maintaining his single stroke roll at speeds of up to about 950 beats per minute (bpm).
This one is based on one of Buddy Rich's favorite sticking patterns. If you've yet to work on the first part of this lesson, check out lesson #64 now. If you already have Buddy's triplet pattern up to speed, let's apply it to the drumset!
Ever since I first posted the lessons on Buddy Rich's favorite stick chops I've been receiving requests for more. This month, I feature a triplet pattern that Buddy liked to play. I showed this to the late Louie Bellson when we used to work out together and he loved it. Check it out and let me know what you think of it. If practiced properly, it will give you one heck of a workout!
Welcome to the sixth and final segment of my series on increasing your speed and ease of movement around the drumset.
The ability to play at top speed on a single drum is great but that's just the beginning. Unless you plan to be a drum corps snare drummer, you'll need to develop an additional type of speed. You'll need to develop what I call "mobile" speed. This is what allows you to apply the speed you already have on a single drum or practice pad to the entire drumset without adding any additional muscle tension to your movements.
This series of exercises is designed to help you increase your speed and ease of movement around the drumset. It is based on my concepts of tension free drumming, which allow you to play at maximum speed, power, endurance, and precision while always maintaining exact control over your technique. Correctly applying my concepts, you will be able to move around the drumset with the same skill that you are capable of when playing on a single surface.
Choose the method you prefer to increase your speed around the drum set. Whether it be the hard the easy way, either is sure to make you a speed demon.