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Workin' the Weak Hand
Right-handed drummers often have trouble with their left hand, while left-handed drummers have trouble with their right. Your "weak" hand can keep you from reaching your full technical potential.
This week, I show you how the pros develop their weak hands on and off the drum set. Once you can play with equal power and ability from either hand, monster chops are just a step away.
For the next step, you'll need a metronome and a practice pad. A metronome accurately clicks on each beat of the particular tempo that you set. If you've never used a metronome before, now is the time to start. Practicing with a metronome not only helps develop your sense of tempo, but is the best way to judge your progress as you build up strength and speed in your "weak" hand.
Workin' the Eighths
When you first practice each exercise, use the slowest suggested metronome setting. Then, when you feel comfortable, gradually increase the tempo.
Try to keep your fingers, hands, and arms relaxed when you play. Tensing the muscles slows you down, and you'll never be able to reach the fastest suggested metronome settings.
The next series of exercises concentrates on Triplets (see the Triplet Study below). Apply the above five major points to these exercises as well.
You'll notice that the first series of seven exercises work the left hand, while the remaining seven work the right. Again, this allows you to keep your strong hand in shape, while building up your weak one.
Workin' the Sixteenths
No Weak Hand
Until next time: Stay loose.
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