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I'm training playing drums for about 3-4 months, but I still can't control my feet separately from my hands (i.e. when I play some rhythm with my hands I can barely play some other rhythm and keep it clear with my feet.)

What am I missing?

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So, returning to this question after more that a year. I have achieved good progress. I havent been practicing too much, due to work and other stuff. But what i learned - start with slowest speed, and increase over time. I've started with simple excercises, which involved 1 hand and 1 feet. Later added 1 more hand, but rhythm patter was simple. There was nothing in between 2 notes. Later pattern went harder. I started to count notes on hihat with my left left. It always been playing quarters, then eights. Some time after - another feet played some static rhythm too – Avdept Dec 22 '14 at 14:33
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You are missing independent coordination between your limbs. Your brain has not yet developed neurological connections that supports such kinesthetic interdependence as it is something that takes time to do - some of us longer than others.

In order to develop strict and evenly developed competence with all of your limbs, it therefore stands to reason that you practice each / every possible limb combination with a given rhythm. For example:

  • Begin with the most simple rhythm / beat patter you are studying.

  • Break it down into individual motions (one motion per limb being utilized.)

  • Learn each motion to competence.

  • Next, pick one of the motions and add it to one of the other motions, working to keep both consistent.

  • Once proficiency is reached, repeat with all two-motion combinations.

  • One proficiency is reach, add a third motion.

  • Repeat until all motions for all limbs are learned and can be performed consistently.

  • Add them all together.

I would recommend doing this without a metronome at first (and very, very slowly!) so that the focus is on learning the limb coordination. Once coordination is understood, a metronome may be introduced.

As always, I also recommend a private teacher is possible.

Granted, over time, the process suggested above will become less and less necessary, but understanding coordination is paramount.

Hope that helps.

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thanks for advices, ill try them out. I'm learning with sort of private teacher aswell(ex band drummer) – Avdept Aug 29 '13 at 10:13
No problem - glad to help and glad to hear you are learning with someone. – jjmusicnotes Aug 29 '13 at 13:54
I'm also playing with double pedal(not sure if it sounds correctly in english), is there any advice of that? – Avdept Aug 29 '13 at 19:04
Just apply the same approach - work very, very slowly to understand the coordination. When learning an instrument, speed is always your enemy. – jjmusicnotes Aug 29 '13 at 19:27

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