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Lessons, Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic

Open-Handed Playing, Part 1: Unlocking the Hidden Potential


September 2011

Rock ‘N’ Jazz Clinic

Open-Handed Playing

Part 1: Unlocking the Hidden Potential

by Claus Hessler

One of the biggest advantages to playing open-handed is that you no longer have to deal with the obstructed movement of crossing your hands to play the hi-hat and snare. Part one of my article series on open-handed playing covers basic exercises to help unlock your coordination.

Here’s a play-along track for you to practice with in order to apply some of those ideas from the article. There are two mp3s (one with drums and one without), and a PDF of the chart. Enjoy!

[audio:https://www.moderndrummer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/33-Be-what-you-are-complete.mp3|titles=Play-Along Track With Drums] Download here

[audio:https://www.moderndrummer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/34-Be-what-you-are-click.mp3|titles=Play-Along Track Without Drums] Download here

Here’s a link to download the chart.

Be What You Are – play-along

Check out the complete article in the September 2011 issue for exercises and additional insight.


Posted in Lessons, Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic Tagged Claus, Hessler, Modern Drummer, Modern Drummer Magazine, Open-Handed, Part 1, Rock & Jazz Clinic, drum, drums, education, educational, instructional, interpreting threes, lesson

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