There are two ways to move around the drumset when playing high-speed fills and solos - the easy way and the hard way! The easy way uses economy of motion, which gives you the utmost efficiency. The hard way not only causes you to expend much more energy than is necessary, it can cause physical injuries to your body. This series demonstrates both methods. I leave it up to you to select the method that you prefer!
After studying the written exercise below, watch the video clip carefully as I demonstrate both inefficient and efficient approaches to moving around the drumset.
When practicing start slowly until you build the correct movements into your muscle memory. Then gradually increase the speed while remaining continually aware of any tension building up in your wrists and arms. When performed properly, you should find it as easy to move around the drumset as it is to play on a single drum and without feeling any tension at all.
Until next time: Stay loose and have fun!