Exercises and tips for better drumming?

United States
February 8, 2007 3:08pm CST
I'm asking for tips on how to make myself a better drummer. Note - I play hand drums, tabla, cajon, doumbek, etc.. not the set drums. Still, I think the rhythm exercises would still be helpful. Also, I'm fairly good already, so I'm not looking for paradiddles and basic exercises like that (though I do think these are still an important part of practicing for speed and uniformity), but exercises that will help left-right hand independence, playing and improvising in odd meters, or even improvising in standard timings. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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@Corgar (29)
27 Apr 08
Play open handed, this helps strengthen your left and and also opens a whole new world of playing, you can now add ine xtra bits with your right hadn while still hitting the hi hat with your left. This will help lots in the future, i advise you try it. Hope i helped.
@Ainouk (57)
• Switzerland
7 Apr 07
You can play tabla? Wow, that's great. I got one from my sister but I have no clue how to play it. It's a certain way of playing, right? Hey, do you know, where I can find some help to learn this great instrument? I just love the sound of it and I want so much to learn it. So if you know any tips you could give me, I'm open for it. Thanx in advance!
@Rittings (673)
9 Feb 07
Ok, I believe that starting the kit would give you more independance. And practise is soo important. I drum also, and I also play piano and guitar, so hand independancy is not a problem for me. I do love to exercise playing in different time signatures in either hand though... or trying playing straight beats in one hand, and triplets in the other (and crossing over)... that might be a challenge to start with...