Drum grooves typically involve playing a rhythmic pattern with one limb while the other limbs play different patterns on the rest of the drum kit. The eighth-note cymbal pattern, commonly played on the hi-hat or ride cymbal, is widely used in rock, pop, and other genres. This pattern forms the foundation of most drum grooves and helps develop the ability to maintain steady time with one limb while the others play independently. For instance, the hi-hat foot keeps time in drum solos, allowing freedom to play the bass drum and the rest of the kit with the hands. The following drumming exercises are designed to develop three-way limb independence, where one limb keeps time while two other limbs play the fundamental drumming patterns.

If you are unfamiliar with the fundamental drumming patterns, please review them to learn how they simplify and enhance the efficient development of drumming skills before continuing.

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Limb Notation Key

1 Left Foot

2 Right Foot

3 Left Hand

4 Right Hand

2 Right Foot

3 Left Hand

4 Right Hand

Attainment minutes 77

Exercise 1 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 2 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 4 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 5 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 6 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 7 Left Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Attainment minutes 77

Exercise 1 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 2 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 4 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 5 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 6 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 7 Right Foot Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Attainment minutes 77

Exercise 1 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 2 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 4 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 5 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 6 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 7 Left Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Attainment minutes 77

Exercise 1 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 2 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 4 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 5 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 6 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 7 Right Hand Lead 3 Limb Independence ■■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

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