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Old 08-17-2006, 07:32 PM
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My left hand is still a bit problematic because it's slower than my right hand and the coordination is worse than my right hand
Well, to increase left hand speed do paradiddles leading with the left. LRLL LRLL, LRLL.

I had problems with my left foot slowing up on double bass...Same thing with the hands, but with the feet. LRLL LRLL. Also, double strokes with your feet can greatly increase speed. You might not be able do do it really fast in the beginning, but doing them as fast as you can will increase your overall speed.
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Old 08-18-2006, 12:19 AM
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I also do exercises that really challenge the left hand. Something like RLLL RLLLLLLL RLLLLLLLLLLL in increasing speed can really work wonders and give you a real burn.
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:55 PM
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Also, you might consider using the Gladstone method...I don't know how you play, but for myself, I've been wasting too much motion by lifting the sticks before striking the drum/practice pad...I've spent the last 1 1/2 weeks trying to work on the same exercises that you're using and I thinkthat my left hand is getting faster (I'm very right-handed! lol).
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:22 AM
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What exactly is the Gladstone method?
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:10 PM
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Does it matter if I do the RLRLRLRL RRLLRRLLRRLLRRLL RLRRLRLLRLRRLRLL
with hands and feet at the same time?
Or does my speed increase faster if I do first with hands and after that with legs?
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Old 09-02-2006, 10:50 PM
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I would have to say it would be benfical to do both at the same time but you dont have to you can work on them sepertly but at the same time your feet probably wont get as fast as your hands as quickly but it defently wont hurt you to work on them at the same time.
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any tips on how to have consistent double bass? My right leg is so much faster than my left. links to help?
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Old 09-03-2006, 12:42 AM
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what I did to start getting faster when I was playing double bass was I would just tap along on the rim of the snare and just plat RLRLRLRLRL and keep playing that and building up speed.

somthing else that I had read about and tryed and it does work is to get ankle weights and wear tham while you play. trust me it is a heck of a workout while you are doing it.
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Old 09-03-2006, 01:27 AM
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i'll try the tapping on the rim. Because right now, all i get are fast short burst of doubling when i need them. But i still can't do 32th constant notes yet.

The ankle weights sound really like a good work out. how heavy are those weights. But if i want to get good co-ordination the tapping along should help right?
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:19 AM
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I found this awhile back a www.derekroddy.com

Endurance and Balance Exercises

30-minute endurance exercise.
Suggested tempo 150 bpm – 250 bpm
Playing 8th notes.
4 notes per hand for two minutes with four count rest
8 notes per hand for two minutes with four count rest
12 notes per hand for two minutes with four count rest
16 notes per hand for two minutes with four count rest.
Alternating single strokes for two minutes. (10 minute total)

Follow same example for feet (10 minutes)

Play same example again with feet and hands together for another 10 minutes. This completes the entire 30-minute workout.

It is important that you start at a comfortable tempo. 30 minutes is a long time nonstop playing. If you don't pace yourself, you WILL NOT make it through the entire exercise. This is an endurance exercise and is NOT designed for speed although it will improve it by strengthening your weaker limbs. The goal would be to push the tempo as high as you can and still make it through the ENTIRE exercise.

Balance exercises.
Suggested tempo, again 150bpm-250bpm
Alternating 16th note single stokes between a hand and a foot.
Right hand / left foot two minutes
Left hand / right foot two minutes
Right hand / right foot two minutes
Left hand / left foot two minutes

Breathing exercises.
Breathing is extremely important while putting physical effort into ANYTHING much less extreme drumming. It is very often overlooked and is the number one cause for cramping. Most people will hold their breath when doing something stressful. Being conscious about breathing will make getting through exercises (and music) that normally will make you strain much easier. You can simply take these or ANY exercise or song you play and practice breathing in 4 beats and out 4 beats over and over. If you want a separate exercise…….here's a real simple, but effective one.

Single strokes
Hands 5 minutes
Feet 5 minutes
Hands and feet 5 minutes

Breathing in and out every 4 beats. Doing these daily will get you into a routine and will become second nature. It also helps with timing as well.

I like to write myself notes on my snare head to keep such small but very important details such as breathing and sitting up on my mind at all times while playing.
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