Technique & Stick Control

Chris Prescott’s 3 Birds With 1 Stone – Optimize Your Practice Time

Here’s a worthy piece from Chris Prescott for Modern Drummer’s “Strictly Technique” section. It’s not complicated; what appeals to me is switching the backbeat exclusively to the right hand. I can do it, but it feels awkward, which means I need to practice it!  I highly recommend checking out the complete article and notation here… …then…

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Emmanuelle Caplette’s Paradiddle-diddles and Paradiddles

Two in a row of Emmanuelle Caplette? Really dude?! Yes, really. Practically everything Emmanuelle posts is fun and immediately accessible to drummers of any level. And her technique is phenomenal, so watch carefully. Plus, I’m posting these things mainly for myself anyway, because they totally float my boat!

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Emmannuelle Caplette Stick Control Exercise

This is a fantastic exercise for drummers of any level. The pattern is simple and easy to remember, but playing your single and double strokes evenly as you push the click can be challenging. Emmannuelle’s technique is beautiful. She makes it look easy.

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Check Patterns with Tommy Igoe

Useful, simple “check patterns” for your double strokes from Tommy Igoe’s “Great Hands for a Lifetime.” I do the advanced warmup from this DVD almost every day. I highly recommend it for drummers of any level. If you’re in Phoenix and wanna get down with this stuff, drop me a line!

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