JAZZ DRUMMER’S WORKSHOP
10 Exercises to Improve Drumset Facility
by Steve Fidyk
Here are ten one-measure crossover examples to practice. As with any exercise, focus on keeping the rhythm consistent as you coordinate the hands to make each move.
Once you have control of the one-measure crossovers, try combining them into longer phrases. This four-measure example mixes Exercises 3, 4, 7, and 10.
In addition to the examples in this piece, come up with your own rhythmic moves as you improvise around the drums. Have fun!
Steve Fidyk has performed with Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts, Doc Severinsen, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Wilson, and Maureen McGovern, and he’s a member of the jazz studies faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia. For more info, including how to sign up for lessons via Skype, visit stevefidyk.com.