The first installment of basic linear coordination exercises for drummers may initially seem simple. Still, their goal is to develop precise rhythmic timing and establish the foundational neurological pathways and muscle memory. They are intentionally notated in quarter notes to align with the metronome clicks, helping beginners focus on the timing of the rhythmic patterns. Mastering accurate timing here is a fundamental skill that transfers to other subdivisions and timekeeping in general.

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.

Linear coordination is a drumming technique in which only one limb plays at any time. The following exercises apply fundamental drumming patterns to develop coordination between two limbs. These drumming exercises incorporate many rudimental and stick control building blocks. There are six drum practice routines designed explicitly for linear coordination between two limbs:

- Linear coordination between the hands
- Linear coordination between the feet
- Linear coordination between left hand and left foot (left side)
- Linear coordination between right hand and right foot (right side)
- Linear coordination between left hand and right foot (across)
- Linear coordination between right hand and left foot (across)

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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

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Exercise 1 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 2 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 3 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ○○■

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Exercise 4 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 5 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ○■■

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Exercise 6 Basic Hands Coordination Pattern ■○■

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Exercise 1 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 2 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 3 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ○○■

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Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 4 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 5 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 6 Basic Feet Coordination Pattern ■○■

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Exercise 1 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 2 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 3 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 4 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 5 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 6 Basic Left Side Coordination Pattern ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 1 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 2 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 4 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ■■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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Exercise 5 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 6 Basic Right Side Coordination Pattern ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 1 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ■○○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 2 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ○○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 4 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ■■○

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 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ○■■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 6 Basic Left Hand Right Foot Coordination Pattern ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Exercise 1 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ■○○

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 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ○■○

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

Exercise 3 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ○○■

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 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ■■○

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 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ○■■

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 Basic Right Hand Left Foot Coordination Pattern ■○■

Target grade 70

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

Practice minutes 1

Attainment minutes 11

Tempo 100 - 200 step 10

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Attainment minutes 11

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