Over the last few months I’ve been posting a series of exercises intended to target specific areas for your warm-up. We’ve had the Permutating Flam Paradiddle and Flam Triplet exercises and I’ve now added a third Six-Stroke Roll exercise in both singles and doubles.
Below is a consolidation of all three, to be played continuously. In the (roughly) 4 minutes it’ll take to complete the exercise, you’ll have warmed-up your single-strokes, double-strokes, paradiddles, flams and six-stroke rolls.
N.B. You may need to adjust the tempo slightly between pages.
Having a list of warm-ups that help you flex your muscles both mentally and physically should be the aim for any drummer. Below is a warm-up based on a comping exercise adapted from John Riley’s Beyond Bop Drumming book. I’ve converted the original 4/4 exercise into 5 beat phrases and placed them under a 5/4 swing pattern. Make sure you keep the right hand swinging and play the comping phrases with a mezzo piano dynamic.
Creating good warmup exercises can be a tricky task. The basic aim with any warmup should be to prepare both the limbs and the mind for the upcoming gig/recording/practice session, and for this reason I try to avoid doing anything too mentally or physically taxing, whilst also steering clear of anything mindless. The exercise below is designed to get the hands warm whilst also requiring just enough co-ordination to limber up our musical minds.
Below are 4 Paradiddle inversions with a permutating accented flam moving through each beat. Next time you sit down at the kit, try working through this exercise for around 5 minutes and see how you feel.