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Drummer Talk 232 – Tips and Exercises for Faster Hands

We discuss some tips and exercises for helping to increase hand speed.  In the news, we talk about the Drummers Journal contest, Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry, Larry Mullen Jr’s  accounting snafu, how Lars was almost fired form Metallica, Tré Cool’s nuptials, and what it was like for Phil Collins to become a front man.


  • We’re going to PASIC!
  • Dave’s RAWR Spotify Playlist


Topic Notes

  • It’s about speed as well as clarity
  • Control
    • Stick Control
      • Listen to the consistency of the stroke
    • Paradiddle Time Check
      • Right lead: 4 Paradiddles, 3 doubles paradiddle, 3 triple paradiddles, double paradiddle
      • Left lead: 4 Paradiddles, 3 doubles paradiddle, 3 triple paradiddles, double paradiddle
      • Use a metronome, but you’re not super relying on it due to the shifting accents
      • Pull the singles, bounce the doubles
  • Strength
    • Strength comes from technique, not raw muscle
      • Smaller muscles make faster movements
    • Rudiments
      • Inverted Flam Taps especially!
        • Unnatural Movement
      • Drags
      • Swiss Army Triplets to Flam Accents
      • Flamacues
    • Getting the most out of a stroke
    • The “52”
      • 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16

Music from this week’s Show:

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Next week: PASIC 2014 Preview!

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