I thought I'd start off 2015 with a little drum exercise I've playing around with lately and found to be very useful. Generally, when I'm on the go and running between gigs I like to pick one simple exercise that's easy to remember, gets my hands going quickly as a warm up and also offers some variations to get my mind running as well.
The following exercise comes from Bob Moses via his wonderful book "Drum Wisdom" which is, sadly, long out of print. In fact, this is really the only technical exercise in his whole book! Since it is out of print, here's the page I'm referring to:
Moses' explanation is pretty self-explanatory however I've come up with a few variations of my own to get some more mileage out of it.
First of all, when I play this one, I reverse the sticking pattern so it looks something like this:
||: RLR LRL RRL LRR | LRL RLR LLR RLL :||
- Combine adding both singles and doubles to create longer phrases.
- Perhaps go back to the way that Moses intended and start with the double strokes instead of the singles.
- Moses' suggestion of orchestrating these patterns, adding the bass drum and ride cymbal are very useful too.