Here are various ways you could execute the exercises.
You should use a metronome when practising the exercises.
- Tap your foot to the pulse. Clap out the rhythms with your hands.
- While using one hand to tap the pulse, tap out the rhythm with the
- While clapping out with your hands or tapping your foot to the pulse.
Sing the rhythms.
- Play each ex. with each hand/foot alone.
- Have one hand or foot play a quarter note pulse while the other
hand or foot
plays the exercise. This is good for developing independence. You have these
LH:RH, LF:RF, LF:LH, LF:RH, RF:LH, and RF:RH.
- Have 3 limbs play the quarter note pulse while executing the rhythms
with the free one.
- You can also use one of the exercises as the reference along with the
quarter note pulse. Say you play no. 9 from the sixteenths group with a
limb then play the other exercises with another limb.
- Use a bit of orchestration. As the limb that is playing the written
rhythm goes along, move the limb between/around different sound sources.
- Use a Rudiment in one of the rhythms. Use a single or double stroke
roll. Try a paradiddle or flam taps.
- Use the rhythms as accents in rolls. Double or single stroke rolls.
- Play the rhythms in an alternating fashion between different limbs
while keeping a quarter note pulse with the remaining 2 limbs. An example
would be to play quarters with the right and left hands while you
alternate the figure between the right and left foot in a single stroke
- You can substitute an exercise rhythm for one of the quarter note
pulses in the above example.
- Use different rudiments between the limbs in the above example. Use a paradiddle for the rhythm pattern in the feet.
- Play the rhythms in a cycling motion between 3 limbs while the
remaining limb plays the pulse.
- All your limbs can cycle through the rhythm while the metronome keeps
- Play your scales in the rhythms. Up,down, back and forth; as far as
your instruments range allows.
- Play your arpeggios in the rhythms.
- If you play a instrument where both hands are free (such as piano),
play a quarter note pulse in one hand (on any note or chord) and play the
rhythms with the other hand. An example would be play the root note of an
arpeggio or scale with one hand and play the arpeggio or scale over it in
rhythm with the other hand.
- Use an arpeggio for the quarter note pulse while playing the arpeggio
or scales in rhythm.
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