Limb independence

The way I like to think about limb independence is that it’s simply a way that my body has never moved before – and with a few focused repetitions, a new set of movements can quite quickly be added to the list of drumming skills you already take for granted.

As with most things, there isn’t one single way to do this. There’s no single exercise that blows the doors open for all limb independence (I wish there was!!). There are simply things you already know, and things you don’t yet know or haven’t considered before, and I’m here to help you with the latter.

To some degree, nearly all of the lessons I teach present a limb independence challenge. Whether it’s wrapping your mind around a new ostinato, keeping your left leg counting on the pedal hat while playing a groove with the rest of your body, or constructing a new drum fill from a few choice rudiments – all of these things are a mystery to our body until we’ve slowed them down and played them a few times.

One thing that has helped me with limb independence and overall timing and coordination is working with polyrhythms and I’d like to share with you a lesson that uses the 5/4 Polyrhythm, which should present a fun limb independence challenge:

This is the first in a series of lessons from my Progressive Drumming Masterclass that I enjoy presenting to my students.

Each lesson presents a progressively more challenging pattern to sit with and doing so will absolutely develop your level of limb independence. Not only that, but within these lessons, I aim to give you the ability to identify for yourself how to know what to work on next to further develop this skill for yourself.

The groove lesson I linked above is a good example of a starting point for improving limb independence, and if that is already achievable for you, it’s very easy to make it more of a challenge, and therefore push your limb independence even further – simply move the snare accent to another place, or play a dotted pattern on the right hand, or switch out the first two kick strikes in each group for a herta…. these are all simply random changes we can make that provide another level of challenge and all are worth considering.

I’d love to speak to you in more detail about this if you’re open to learning?

If so, please check out the information here and book a call with me at your convenience:

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