Hey folks, Brechtlein here. I was in the shed one day minding my own business when these weird licks started creeping into my playing. I was a man smitten by syncopation. Unaware of my situation, I started playing groupings of five, seven, and three. These were played by my lower appendages (legs that is. Keep it clean!). I was about to cross over into another world; a world that others in the past have never escaped. I was about to enter the exercise zone!
Just kidding folks. Here are three exercises that can be used to help your lower body coordination and balance. Ex. 1 can be used as a lick within the groove. This one is a grouping of five. Ex. 2 is a grouping of three. Ex. 3 is a grouping of seven between the snare drum and the bass drum. Now these are all played within a groove with the ride cymbal providing the time.
Tom Brechtlein has played with Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Robben Ford & The Blue Line