Morning Warmups – Week 5Andy Ziker
The following from Daily Drum Warm-Ups is the last sample page that I’m including for this blog. However, I will continue to contribute entries on a weekly basis, creating new content and demonstrating different ways to apply exercises to the drumset. Also, at some point in the future, I hope to produce some related video clips, which will show how to play the warm-ups with brushes and with your bare hands.
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Monday: This combo warm-up uses alternating flams, a flamaddidle, and a flammed mill. Adding to the challenge are the rhythmic devices of syncopation and time shifting.
Tuesday: Double paraddidles as sextuplets are accented in some unexpected ways. Try placing right accents on the floor tom and left accents on the high tom, while keeping all unaccented notes on the snare.
Wednesday: This is one of many odd-time warm-ups in the book. Playing one-surface exercises in odd time signatures will increase your confidence and translate over well to the entire drumset.
If you are having trouble digesting this particular lick, split each measure into segments of 5 eighth notes or split each of those groupings into 2 + 2 + 1.
Thursday: This exercise combines Swiss triplets with paraddidle combinations as 32nd notes.
Friday: One of the novel approaches in Daily Drum Warm-Ups involves transforming a lick or groove played by a famous drummer into a one surface exercise. Here, a New Orleans fill by Stanton Moore is introduced.
Saturday: This one is guaranteed to help your non-dominant hand technique.
Sunday: If you can read this notation, you’re ready to join your local drum corps.
If you’re not familiar with Chuck Silverman (http://www.chucksilverman.com/), a well renowned drum educator, you might want to check him out. I recently discovered a YouTube lesson done by Chuck where he demonstrates a cool samba groove. I enjoyed this samba immensely and went ahead and transcribed it, so that I could learn it more quickly.
Next, I turned the groove into a famous sticking pattern. I believe that this format encourages creativity, because now you can more easily apply the sticking to a variety of sound sources (and use different types of flams).