One of the questions I often hear from beginners is about independence. In the very beginning of your drumming journey, the required separation between your hands and feet is pretty straight forward. I’m referring to your very first eighth note rock beats where your hi-hat pattern always lines up with the bass drum. To progress, you’ll have to learn to play more complex patterns where your bass drum sometimes has to play “in between” the hi-hat notes. This often causes problems for beginners.
In the video below, I demonstrate one way to get past this. For this lesson, I’ve tried to avoid rhythmic notation and focused instead on the physical movements required. I believe that the reason beginners have a problem at this point is that they don’t break the puzzle down into its smallest components–that’s what I try to do here. If you’re a beginner, please let me know if you find this helpful. I hope you do.