Focus: Balance, Timing
1. Really feel the waltz pulsing through this drill, but make sure that your beats are even.
2. Often, if there's time before an emphasized hit, we tend to move that arm up slowly just because there's time to do so. To use this drill as a strengthening exercise, and to work on speed, hold your stick in ready position until the last minute, bringing your bachi up and down quickly.
Okay, so you've never waltzed before? All you know about this dance step is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3? Great! That's all we need to get started.
All of the drills we've done so far have been in lines that total 4 or 8. Today's drill works in beats of 3. We'll alternate RLR, LRL, RLR, LRL... Pay attention! The emphasis changes!
15 minutes--loop it!
Try the same pattern, but have each hand play a full line. That means each hand will hit 3 times in a row before switching to the other hand. Pay attention to the volume of your non-emphasized hits. Are they the same? If not, slow down your metronome a bit until you've got it.
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