Fix Weak Drumming Hand in 22 Days


Fix Weak Drumming Hand in 22 Days


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12 comments on “Fix Weak Drumming Hand in 22 Days

  1. Celest Horner says:

    Looking forward to the work out

  2. ROBERT FARLOW says:

    I started about a year ago. I bought more drums than Ringo Star because I was so excited. I have a massive Ludwig double kick and every Tom that matches the set. I also have a Ludwig,? Maybe, Ringo oyster shell kit I found in a back closet at a music house. I have a couple of electronic kits for practicing quietly.
    Not to brag just my enthusiasm was off the charts. I’m 64 by the way.
    In the last year and a half since I started, we discovered a dishwasher we purchased had been improperly installed and flooded our downstairs pier and beam house. It was declared a toxic waste zone and had to be demolished. We are still in a rent house and will be for the foreseeable future.
    In addition, I’ve had to have 3 major surgeries in that same year span, the last was total knee replacement 2 weeks ago.
    Now the point. I have purchased and downloaded several of your lessons. I’m not sure where to start, again at this point. I don’t tell you my story for sympathy but so you can appreciate why I’m in such a hole.
    I have always been a huge Liberty Devito fan and dreamed of having the joy playing he always seems to have. I have been taken in by your enthusiasm and seemingly true appreciation for drummer wanna be’s like me.
    Can you please give me an idea how to begin again. I know you have tons of material available, but where and by what pathway do I use your knowledge and teaching to be where I am and get to that joy?
    Again, l love your seriousness and enthusiasm.
    If you have a moment to help great and thanks so much. I could really could use a good break about now.
    Thanks in advance for ANY help you can offer.

    Robert Farlow

    • Robert,

      1). First of all no one is a “wanna be” if they love the instrument. The drums are a profound way of discovering deep joy and personal value within… if they focus on measuring their own progress rather than how good they are compared to other people. So you are definitely not a wanna-be. You are a human being going on that amazing journey that is letting all that rhythm out of your heart and soul. Organization without passion is no good. Passion without organization is even worse, so Stephen is setting a great example. Let passion and structured learning drive your playing and you will always become better than you ever imagined you could.

      2). You absolutely can play like Liberty Devito right here and now, today, no matter how little technique you have. Liberty’s secret is that he is in tune with the music, not just focusing on patterns and licks and techniques. He is showing us that there are two kinds of people that make music: drummers, and musicians. Drummers focus on licks, patterns, techniques, and everything else but never think about making music, making rhythms that flow and interact with others in mutually uplifting ways. Musicians make music using the drums as the method of getting all that feeling and emotion out. Both can have great technique, but the musicians who play the drums are always the best “drummers”, rather than drummers who have a whole bunch of techniques but just don’t have that flow and feeling. Stay focused on letting yourself be in love with the music and connecting your drumming to that love and you will find that your drumming will be filled with that same wonder that Liberty’s is, even if Liberty can play more things than you. Besides, we are all the same, those of us that love the drums. When you feel happy playing the drums, I feel that same joy. That makes us drum brothers. So you have family all over the world: Uncle Terry Bozzio, Papa Weckl, Grandpa Devito, Brother Stephen, Sister Cindy Blackman, we are all in this together.

      3). Your age (64) is actually a big advantage in drumming, as you are old enough to have learned many valuable lessons in Life about what is or isn’t important. Your maturity means you are more likely to avoid the types of ego and self-doubts issues that younger people face. Letting your maturity and years “speak” through the drums will automatically make your drumming sound better.

      4). As for the “pathway”, first and foremost take care of yourself. You are older and have had surgeries. DO NOT interfere with your healing by aggravating your body. This is where your age is a benefit. We who are older have (hopefully) learned patience. It is better to learn slowly over a long time rather than get injured and not play at all. Drink water, get lots of sleep, eat healthy, take breaks during your practice sessions, and STRETCH before, during, and after you play the drums. Take it easy with the bass drum, single or double pedals as your knee(s) heals up. In fact, I would even say avoid the drums while the knees heal, and take this opportunity to get back into using a practice pad: learn and practice some of the forty P.A.S. International drum rudiments, the first three pages of G.L. Stone’s book “Stick Control For The Snare Drummer” will give you enough to work on for three lifetimes as you start playing and adapting the patterns, and Stephen’s various hand exercises are great too, especially the one above. Then when you feel you can start playing the drums you will love working out of Gary Chester’s “New Breed” book, Ted Reed’s “Progressive Steps to Syncopation…” book, and especially John Riley’s “The Art of Bop Drumming” if you like jazz.

      That is part of the “secret” to loving drums: working out of books that challenge you but help you grow in ways that make you feel happy every day. It is not “fun” to have to work and sweat on various exercises in these books, it can be really challenging. But that just increases my passion for drums. When you start seeing progress, seeing your ability to play the drums grow deeper and richer, you feel a deep joy that makes all the sweat worthwhile. Once again, you will feel this deep passion if you focus on your own growth and not how much better than you Vinnie Colaiuta or Stewart Copeland are. Comparison to others is our enemy, and hard work and growth is our great joy.

      Good luck! :)

    • Stephen says:

      The best thing you can do is get in to my online drum school program. The free lessons are just one off free material. If you’re needing (and I agree) a structured experience, that’s where the lessons in the members area come in. I have pre-made lesson tracks, courses on every topic under the sun, and am happy to help you get a personalized lesson plan together once you’re all signed up.

      You will not often hear me telling someone that the answer is to sign up for my program…but in this case, that is actually the answer you need.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Flam Brown says:

    OMG… You’r giving this workout for free? I’m really moved!


    Thorough as always Stephen. You never take anybody’s possible/probable abilities for granted.
    Beginner to advanced, reader to non-reader, you’ve got it covered.
    Graeme from Brisbane Australia.

  5. JP says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I need this right now in my drumming, weak hand ghost strokes are killing me right now! You Rock!

  6. Bill Matthews says:

    I can’t print out the PDF. It’s asking for a password to unlock it.

  7. dunk65007 says:

    been looking to help the left hand issue at age 52 and beginning to learn to play joint stiffness really more my problem but now have exercises to help rhythm and coordination

    • I hear ya! I haven’t quite reached your vintage, but even still I’ve had tendonitis before and it is NO fun. I’ve found it REALLY REALLY helpful (and I’m no doctor so take it for what it is worth and talk to a real medical professional to get real help! haha) to warm up before playing. But not just with light hand workouts with sticks, actually use a heating pad to warm up my hands/wrists/forearms. There was a period in college where I was practicing 3 hours a day, playing shows for 3 hours a day, working out, and typing for school – each task isn’t GREAT for joints haha. So all together is WAY too much use.

      Other than taking some time off of those things, I really got serious about using a heating pad for 10-15 minutes before playing, then 10 minutes of LIGHT sticking warm ups, then playing the show/practice session, then icing after. And all of that (while touring) was a REAL pain – but really helped my situation.

  8. Lindsay Belloc says:

    Hey Stephen, Thanks for putting the exercises together. They are really helping my left hand gain extra fluidity and control, that my right [dominant has] for me the 8ths to 16 metronome speed is 5-8 bpm slower than I can comfortably play the other exercises at.You’re an awesome player, and a great teacher!

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