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Posts in category: Hand Technique

Improve Your Single Stroke Roll Speed with this Killer Exercise

If you want to improve your single stroke roll, this system, if practiced consistently, should help you immensely. A lot of what I share here on the blog is a result of my own practicing, gigging, and recording experience and this practice system is no exception. In addition to explaining the exercise, I’m offering you […]


How to Develop Facility with Inverted Paradiddles

I have been using Inverted Paradiddles in my playing for a long time. I’m pretty sure that I first became aware of them in the late ’80s when I was studying with Rick Considine at Drummer’s Collective in NYC. When Rick showed me how to use inverted paradiddles, the ease with which I could play […]


Rudimental Drumming Exercises #1 | Singles and Doubles Warm-Up

Rudimental Drumming Exercises 1: Singles and Doubles

I’ve been stuck without my drum set again for a couple of months because of this COVID situation. The silver lining in no drum set is that I’m getting obsessive about my hands. Pad work every day. I’ve been looking into rudimental exercises and checking out other people’s warm-ups and practice routines. I wanted to […]


Some Thoughts on Push Pull Drumming Technique

The Push Pull Technique

In this installment of The Thinking Drummer, I take a little look at Push/Pull aka Open/Close hand technique. It’s something that I’ve been working on seriously for several months now. Let’s talk about what it is, what the possibilities are, and how you can learn it. First of all, I’ve been interested in this technique […]