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.
To get the most out of this series of exercises, they should be practiced in numerical order. If you missed the first part of the series, I strongly suggest that you work on that before proceeding to this exercise.
After studying the written exercise below, watch the video clip as I demonstrate both inefficient and efficient approaches to moving around the drumset. Moving inefficiently slows you down and causes tension while moving efficiently allows you to play to the maximum of your current capabilities.
The whole idea behind these drills is to teach you to get comfortable moving around your drumset without adding any tension to your normal technique. Many drummers subconsciously grip their sticks tighter when playing on a drumset than when playing on a single drum due to a fear of dropping sticks. If this is happening to you, I suggest you attach a stick holder or two to your drumset so that you can quickly recover from a dropped stick and stop worrying about it. With the correct kind of regular practice, you will eventually be able to hold onto your sticks while moving around the kit at top speed without resorting to a death grip! For more information on my concepts of tension free drumming, please visit http://www.TensionFreeDrumming.com .
Until next time: Stay loose and have fun!
Tiger Bill Meligari