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The Weaker Side [Kindle Edition]

Dom Famularo , Stephane Chamberland
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Book Description

Written by renowned drummers/clinicians Dom Famularo and Stephane Chamberland, The Weaker Side is the first step to achieving balance between all limbs. By focusing on the lesser-used side of your body, the exercises in this book will help you achieve a fluid, relaxed, consistent and balanced sound. This book addresses the common problem of proportionally unequal abilities between a drummer s dominant and weaker muscle sets in drumming technique. The strategic exercises are designed to develop the under-used muscles to cultivate a more balanced ability for controlled movement and a fluid and consistent sound. Organized for gradual strengthening through daily practice, the exercises can be used for both hands and feet.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4020 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (December 19, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M183DE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a cardio workout for your hands and feet! January 2, 2009
By Steven
Are you looking to develop your weak side as efficiently as possible? If so then don't look any further, this book is absolutely perfect for that purpose. This book is like a cardio workout for your hands/feet that focuses primarily on your weak side.

For the most part this book is quite simple. its not until you get towards the end when you start seeing more technical exercises that have complex broken 16th notes and flams. You don't have to worry about accents or anything like that - this book is pure "go go go!" with triplets and 16th notes that are heavily focused on your weak side (your natural side is exercised too). The exercises seem simple at first - and really a lot of them are - its the workout plan is where you really get your moneys worth.

I really love the way this book is laid out. There is a clear-cut ideal workout plan. There are 52 pages of exercises. Each page has 30 exercises where each exercise is a little different from the last. Grab a clock (with a second hand) and practice each exercise for one full minute and then immediately move on to the next exercise. This gives you a 30 minute workout. Just practice each page for a week before moving on and you have one full year of exercises that will definitely strengthen your weaker side.

Dom considers this book to be a natural follow-up book to Stones infamous book Stick Control. Dom even recommends you complete Stick Control before moving on to this book. Although that's probably the ideal way to approach this book, I believe you can still benefit just as much even if you haven't worked with Stick Control in the past. However, I highly recommend you develop a good stroke before taking this book on. Go to an instructor and make sure you have a good working free-stroke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less than 5 days and already seeing results! August 14, 2011
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There's a reason why this book won an award at the 2009 NAMM Awards.. it delivers! Just follow the instructions as clearly as they are written out and you'll be on your way to cleaner and more even sounding execution on the drums. Be patient though.. spend A WEEK on each page as recommended by the authors, there's no rush. Also, play the exercises at a medium slow tempo (70-80 bpm is good), play using YOUR WRISTS ONLY and try playing the exercise NON STOP FOR 30 MINUTES, spending a minute on each exercise. I can guarantee that you will see results if you include this book in your daily practice routine!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful June 1, 2014
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I'm new to drumming, but one of the first things I realized is that typical grooves and fill patterns tend to be biased toward the dominant side of a drummer (typically the right side). This book is great both for building strength and smoothness on the weaker side. One caution: take it gradually. I think I overdid it when I first got the book, and did a couple of days of 2+ hour practice sessions using the patterns in the book, and wound up straining my weaker (left) arm as a result! Also, you don't just have to use it for building arm strength: I've started using the patterns presented for exercising my legs as well, using closed hi-hat as the weaker side and the kick bass as the stronger side. Makes for much smoother rhythm patterns, and makes it easier to hold a rhythm with your feet as you play a fill with your arms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good strengthening exercises for drums January 28, 2014
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I have worked through several chapters of exercises to build up my left (nondominant) side and already see improvement. I have also used it to build up the legs; even though I use only a single bass drum it has strengthened both my hi hat and bass drum legs. I have also used it (beginning slowly) for warm ups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still learning after all these years January 15, 2013
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What a great book! Triplets galore to build the weak hand/foot.

My suggestion is start low bpms and try to get through an entire page without error and then crank up the BPMs to build Independence and then start working on syncopation!
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