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Developing hand speed

From bowiki

These exercises are primarily aimed at Single Ended or Top End Players

The main objectives in doing these exercises are to build hand speed but also to counter the propensity for drummers to speed up during a fill and to build up evenness in Single Ended Rolls - basically the player should exit the roll at the same speed as they entered it.

For straight-wrist players the wrist rotation action will / should reduce the faster one plays rolls, for me, the thumb is the main driver of speed. Bent-wrist players will be speed-limited by the momentum of a couple of pounds of flesh and bone so YMMV

On a note of caution I can't stress enough the importance of warming up before undertaking these kinds of speed exercises, the rapid twisting of the wrist can lead to Tennis Elbow and other RSIs if a player is not warmed up and prepared physically.

Contents

Exercise 1

Work from 1/4 notes to 1/8 notes to 16th notes

D...U...D...U...¦D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.¦DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU¦

And then work back down to 1/8th notes and to 1/4 notes and repeat the doubling / halving up and down.

D...U...D...U...¦D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.¦DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU¦D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.¦D...U...D...U...¦ and repeat


Exercise 2

Try jumping from 1/4 notes to 1/16 notes and back down to 1/4s again as this is an ornamentation used occasionally

D...U...D...U...¦DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU¦D...U...D...U...¦DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU¦ and reverse then repeat


Exercise 3

A further variation (courtesy Paul Phillips) is to include a bar of 6/8 in between the 1/8 and 1/16 notes. This helps facilitate the transition from reel to jig if that is part of your practise regime. (ascii makes it difficult to illustrate this)


Exercise 4

It is also possible to get up to 1/32nd notes if you start with the 1/4 note bpm slow enough or have developed hands of fire.

D.......U.......D.......U.......¦D...U...D...U...D...U...D...U...¦D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.D.U.¦DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU¦ and reverse then repeat

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