Upstairs, downstairs and never the twain shall meet! Not likely. Here we are looking at lots of ways we can develop the links between our four limbs, both up and down.
We wound up last time with two different paradiddle variations with hands and feet, both at a sixteenth-note level. Now we will push further into the forest and play the shifted paradiddle with the hands between the ride and snare while we simultaneously play the same paradiddle between our feet, but at half the tempo.
It is amazing how our mind is focused in the background when we articulate stickings. These type of additional exercises add a whole new layer, and it is as if you start to learn what could be compared to ‘chordal’ or ‘multi voice’ sequences in the way they feel within the performer’s mind. It does take a while to get comfortable with these new feelings, but, given time, it really starts to become second nature.
Next up, similar approach, but the feet play a regular paradiddle at half speed.
Now we will expand the pattern that the hands are playing to span two quarter notes. The sticking here will be: RLRL RLRR LRLR LRLL. We will do this with the hands and the regular paradiddle with the feet. Both are played at the sixteenth note level.
Finally, the biggest brain teaser for a while. The hands change by shifting the longer pattern backwards by one sixteenth: RLRL RLLR LRLR LRRL. Along with this, the feet play an alternative inversion of the longer sticking: RLRR LRLR LRLL RLRL. All as sixteenths, it will go something like this.