Having trouble with clean multi-tom rolls?

schist

Silver Member
You might wanna try this exercise I wrote.

Orange font denotes your left hand, and green font denotes your right.

Basically, it is an exercise modeled on both the Stone Killer and Hannes Grossman's "Developing blast technique" exercise posted on the old Blastology forums*, where you are playing 2 hits on each drum with one hand (assuming a regular 5-piece kit setup) as 16th-notes.

For the first minute you are playing 1 round clockwise of 'SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3' with each hand (hands alternate each round), then 1 round clockwise and 1 anticlockwise ('SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS') for the next 2 minutes, then 3 rounds (1 clockwise/1 anticlockwise/1 clockwise) each hand for the next 3, and finally 4 rounds (2 clockwise and anticlockwise alternating) for the final 4 minutes, so it looks something like this:

1 min: SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 etc.
2 min: SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SSSS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SSetc.
3 min: SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 etc.
4 min: SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS SS T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T3T3 T2T2 T1T1 SS etc.

Start at a comfortable speed like 90BPM (or slower, if necessary), and do not progress to the next speed level until you can play the previous speed cleanly and flawlessly.

Once you can, go up to 94BPM, then 97, then 100, then 104 etc. until you reach your goal speed.

Any questions/inquiries about this exercise, feel free to reply.

* - The thread in question can be found here: http://www.blastology.net/f27/developing-blast-technique-hands-1759/
 
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intheruff

Senior Member
I do something similiar. After doing double 16ths with each hand I then do triplets, first with the right hand around the drums, then with the left. To add flavor to this, on each round I accent first the 1 of the triplet, then the and, and lastly the ah.

I find it also beneficial to use Ray Laziers method by using both hands. First would be two strokes (RL), going back and forth between drums such as; S T1 S T1 T2 T1 T2 T3 T2 T3, etc. After doing the rounds beginning with the R hand, then do the same starting with the left. After this round of twos is complete, both going down the drums and then back up to the snare, do the same with triplets (rlr, lrl) around the horn in this same manner. Interjecting the accents on the trips can also add some 'fun' to the workout. This can be followed by a forever list of combinations of 16th and 32nds, including alternating between hands and feet, such as RLF or RLFF (quads). You'll learn where the drums are, for sure! I discovered the triplets were a little trickier then I thought and it took a few days to smooth them out. This group of exercises would be approached in the same manner as Schist notes, beginning at slower speeds and only speeding up after perfect execution.
 
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