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Secret to Four-Way Coordination: Part 2
Many drummers find four-way coordination difficult. In the first part of this article, we practiced a four-way coordination exercise for the drums. If you're having problems playing it, or with any other four-way coordination pattern, here's the secret to breaking it down into more easily digestible steps. (If you missed the first article, or would like to refresh your memory, see the Secret to Four-Way Coordination in the sidebar. I'll wait.)
Ready? Good. It's time to reveal the secret to four-way coordination.
The 15 Steps
If you haven't already guessed, the key to the 15 steps is as follows:
RH = Right Hand
Applying The 15 Steps
For the 15 step table to be effective, you need to practice each step repeatedly until it becomes easy. Only then should you move on to the next step. By practicing each part using all 15 combinations, you should have little difficulty conquering any four-way coordination pattern on the drums.
Try applying the 15 Steps to the next pattern that gives you trouble and you'll see how effective it really is.
Three books I highly recommend for further study of coordination are Jim Chapin's Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Marvin Dalgren's 4-Way Coordination, and Marco Minnemann's Extreme Interdependence.
Until next time: Stay loose.
Click the link for Secret to Four-Way Coordination: Part 1
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