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Time Perspectives Part 2

 This series of exercises will give you the opportunity to develop the ability to shift your perception from one time signature & tempo to another time signature and tempo in your mind without changing what you are doing physically on the instrument.  The coordination occurs between the hands & feet. The hands are playing accent permutations between the snare & cymbals, the feet are playing dotted eighth notes. Enjoy!     Audio Play-Alongs: [powr-music-player id=82875233_1498190998] PDF of exercises: [powr-file-embed id=30eda447_1506799441]

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Time Perspectives: Part 1

This series of exercises will give you the opportunity to develop the ability to shift your perception from one time signature & tempo to another time signature and tempo in your mind without changing what you are doing physically on the instrument.  The coordination requirements with the limbs are minimal. It's all about the mind & your perception on this one. Enjoy!  MP3: [powr-music-player id=39b917c7_1506799674] PDF: [powr-file-embed id=30eda447_1506799441]

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Left Foot Independence

A great way to add a new dimension to your playing is with the left foot. This lesson pack will guide you in some left foot permutations which, once mastered, will give your playing a fresh sound and feel. There are several reasons to develop control with the left foot: Overcoming coordination challenges with the feet lead to better balance on the kit.  Freely interjecting interesting rhythmic interplay with the left foot can be a great textural choice. Subtle rhythmic implications can make the groove sound different & interesting without interfering with the pocket. People love to see the hi hat cymbals open and close:-) [powr-music-player id=93622234_1504276288] [powr-file-embed id=a0923f92_1504276191]

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Accent Studies #1

Accent Studies #1 is a five-measure long foot ostinato phrase with accent permutations in the hands. This pack includes eight 40 measure long exercises, and a bonus 40 measure long exercises of all 8 permutations played consecutively. Find your comfort with these exercises. Let the coordination sink to the level of muscle memory in order for it to truly be part of your well of creative expression. AUDIO:[powr-music-player id=786238ff_1501561664]PDF:[powr-file-embed id=72ab7e65_1501561481]

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