More Warm-up FunAndy Ziker
No hurricanes, flooding, or earthquakes to report, but it seems like it’s been 115 degrees every day the last month or so in Phoenix. I show up at a gig, load in all of my gear, and plop down to play. I’m normally overheated and dehydrated, and unfortunately, warming up is the last thing on my mind. If I don’t warm up, even in the oppressive heat, it takes me a couple of tunes to ramp up to peak performance.
I hope you enjoyed the “drum yoga” from Drum Aerobics and Week 1 from Daily Drum Warm-Ups in the last post. This week I will be sharing Week 13 and a new warm-up that came to me while I was waiting today for one of my drum students to show up. (Once you’ve written 365 drum exercises, it becomes a bit of an addiction: the curse of the drum book writer…)
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Some things to consider when playing these warm-ups:
• Monday: As demonstrated in the 1st measure of this warm-up, it is important to be able to play rudiments leading with either hand. In the 2nd measure, the 9-stroke roll is displaced by one 8th note. Displacing rudiments can really make them come alive.
• Tuesday: Pretty self explanatory. Try applying this pattern to the drumset in a creative way.
• Wednesday: The Moeller technique is vitally important to developing speed, endurance, and power. It involves using a whipping motion to produce accents and an understanding of strokes and taps. I included a photo in Daily Drum Warm-Ups, but I delve into the Moeller technique in much more detail in my self-published book, Drumscapes (which sometime in the near future will be released in an upgraded form by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard). If you’re not familiar with this technique, it would be worth your while to find out about it.
• Thursday: In Daily Drum Warm-Ups, a rudimental recipe is a combination of 2 or more rudiments. In this case, I have combined flam taps with flamadiddles. This one is a blast!
• Friday: A hybrid rudiment is defined in the book as combinations of the PAS 40 Essential Rudiments.
• Saturday: Leading off fast groupings of single strokes with your left hand, in combination with some accents, can be a great way to improve your weak hand technique.
• Sunday: You can see how the rhythm builders get progressively more challenging as the weeks go by.
Note: Again, not trying to shamelessly sell the book, but Daily Drum Warm-Ups comes with an example CD, including all 365 examples. The CD comes prepackaged with the Amazing Slow-Downer, which allows you to change tempo or loop each example.
Here is the new warm-up.
This exercise is a combination of pataflafla and flam accents. Play this overtop of a samba foot pattern, and you’ll have your neighbors dancing.