For the first half of this exercise you will be taking groups of 16th notes and playing them all on one hand for a certain number of beats. For the second half of the exercise you will adding in left hands between each right hand stroke to create 32nd notes. This exercise can drastically increase both your hand speed and stamina, particularly when combine with the Two Minute Rule.
Remember at all times to make sure your notes are all clear and even whilst using proper hand technique. Don't let the left hand play softer than the right and keep your hands in the optimal playing position. All exercises below will be in the time signature of 4/4 and have both standard and reverse sticking notated underneath. Don't be afraid to start slow with these patterns, they can be killer on your right hand!
Exercise 1 - Eighth Note Changes
Play a half a beats worth of 16th notes followed by a half a beats worth of 32nd notes. This exercise fits four times into a bar.
Exercise 2 - 1 Beat Changes
Play 1 beats worth of 16th notes followed by 1 beats worth of 32nd notes. You will fit this exercise twice into one bar.
Exercise 3 - 2 Beat Changes
Play 2 beats worth of 16th notes followed by 2 beats worth of 32nd notes.
Exercise 4 - 4 Beat Changes
Play a full bars worth of 16th notes followed by a full bars worth of 32nd notes.
- Using the 2 minute rule, aim to get the exercises up to a tempo of around 110bpm.
- Work on both the standard and reverse sticking patterns.
- Experiment with different lengths to further improve your hand speed.