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Practising one hand at a time - Lesson 1


Download Alternate hands 1 pdf  Arrow   This lesson drum sheet, dedicated to snare drum studies,
contains a series of exercises to practice separately with right and left hand, only using the snare drum.


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Introduction to the drum lesson: Alternate hands 1

An important part of the drums exercises routine must be dedicated separately to the right and the left hand, trying to keep, as much as possible, the same approach with both hands.
This drum lesson exercises are only some of many patterns that you can play to reach a balanced development of both hands drumming skills.

You should play every pattern in the drum sheet slowly at first, increasing the speed only when you find precision and equality of the strokes, and the maximum looseness.
After you have learnt them singularly, you should play all the nine exercises consecutively.

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This first drum lesson dedicated to Alternate hands exercises is a part of the published basic drum lessons.
The basic drum lessons, the first part of this method for drums, deal with the right posture, which is the basic condition to develop speed, endurance and precision with your playing. The style and the role of drumming have evolved with time, but the basic drums technique hasn't changed much, and all the great drummers still build their own style from the same basis of musical theory.

Topics in the basic drum lessons and in the online drum lessons published drum sheet music are: Rudiments & Fundamentals, Coordinated independence, Basic drum beats, Snare drum studies, Drums grooves, and Songs drum parts, with transcriptions of songs and grooves by John Bonham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Ian Paice, Jeff Porcaro.