Drummers: Ready and Engaged

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • August 30, 2018

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Take at least one or two minutes to warm up the percussion section when beginning class. Having them do sixteenth notes without accents in stick patterns RLRL, RRLL, RLRRLRLL on drums or pads.

These strokes will warm up their muscles and work on their technique and timing. Start with a slow tempo and have them change dynamic levels as well. This will also get them mentally ready for class and engaged.

Hal Sargent

Cardinal Gibbons High School

Raleigh, North Carolina

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