Three-way coordination is the act of coordinating three of your limbs whilst playing. It al-lows you to create more intricate and interesting rhythms and is one of the fundamentals of playing the drums.
Three-way Coordination can be a difficult concept as it requires a lot of dexterity. These ex-ercises are designed for enhancing your limb dexterity and for practicing control over one limb whilst the others are playing. These exercises will put you in a good stead for your fu-ture Three-way Coordinationplaying.
The first place to begin with Three-way Coordinationis to learn how to control each limb. Below are 36 exercises for practicing this. These exercises have three voices; the snare drum, the bass drum and the hi-hat. Each group of exercises has two voices that are playing a constant 1/4 note rhythm,with the third voice playing a1/4 note based pattern.
Play through each exercise until you are comfortable with it.
Concentrate on Hi-Hat technique, grip technique and body position.
Ensure the unisons between the notes are together.
Say the count out loud whilst playing
In these types of exercises the hands and feet have a habit of trying to mimic each other. You must avoid this, as the purpose of these exercises are for controlling your limb inde-pendence.
Three-way coordination on drums – Snare
Snare Drum Control
The next twelve exercises concentrate on snare drum control and independence. The bass drum and hi-hat are playing a constant 1/4 note rhythmand the snare drum is playing a1/4 note based pattern.
Three-way coordination on drums – Bass Drum
The next twelve exercises concentrate on bass drum control and independence. The snare drum and hi-hat are playing a constant 1/4 note rhythmand the bass drum is playing a1/4 note based pattern.
Three-way coordination on drums – Hi-Hat
The next twelve exercises concentrate on hi-hat control and independence. The bass drum and snare drum are playing a constant 1/4 note rhythmand the hi-hat drum is playing a1/4 note based pattern.
This is one of the first steps into coordination and independence. Do not be discouraged if you struggle at first, as coordination and independence is a hard subject that can take years to truly master.
The more you study coordination and independence the more you will be able to truly ex-press yourself on the drums. So keep studying and learn everything you can.
This lesson has been taken from my new drum book, Learn To Play Drums. It is a comprehensive guide to playing the drums for beginners, taking you through the fundamental drumming techniques, knowledge, patterns and vocabulary.