Independence Exercises

By Richie “Gajate” Garcia Published in the February 2008 issue of DRUM!

One thing that I like to do to help me with my independence is to do exercises that I normally wouldn’t necessarily use as such, but would help me in playing other patterns. This particular exercise will help you get started. Do the feet first, the hands separate, and then try putting them together. Once you’re comfortable with the whole exercise, play the accents on different surfaces.

Independence Exercises

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Richie “Gajate” Garcia has played with Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, and John Denver, recorded movie soundtracks, taught at Musician’s Institute for more than ten years, and performs clinics worldwide.