Hello and welcome, today I will be sharing with you a really useful hand warm up exercise that I not only teach but also use myself for loosening up my wrists and getting warmed up. Before we actually get into it (are you sitting down?) it’s not another iteration of the standard singles, doubles and paradiddles exercise that everyone knows a version of, although that is a great exercise there are loads of versions already out there. Not sure what I mean, then just watch Joe Morello’s killer exercise here for a great display of the basic idea.
Ok so what are we actually going to look at today? Its a simple enough idea, treat the hands evenly. Almost everyone has a dominant hand and therefore a weaker hand. As drummers, we strive to lessen the gap between our hands as much as possible to allow us to fully express our ideas musically. As always, I have written this with a right handed player in mind, if you’re a lefty, just flip the sticking and enjoy.
I hope you all got something out of that and find it useful for getting your hands warmed up. To start with it can be a little challenging, but once you have mastered it, you will be left with a quick and effective warm up.
Wil Wainwright has been a student of the drums for well over 20 years and a teacher for over 10, starting his musical journey in the early ‘90s. He has been a part of many bands over the years ranging from Punk, through Rock, Prog, Math-Core, Math-Rock, Metal, Pop and Electronica. Although he is an accomplished performer, teaching is where his real passion lies. He now teaches at various schools and colleges in the UK including prestigious institutions like Ardingly College as well as smaller primary schools. Wil also does a lot of private tuition, really focusing on getting students to be the best versions of themselves possible. He proudly plays Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals and uses Vic Firth Sticks