This exercise is adapted from
several sticking exercises included in George Lawrence Stone's Stick
Control for the Snare Drummer. I highly recommend that
every drummer should own a copy of this book and work out of
it frequently if you want to develop real control over your
The first measure is a simple
alternating hand check pattern, followed by a sticking pattern
(in measure 2, the sticking pattern is a paradiddle).
You'll go back and forth between the measure of "check" and
new sticking patterns. The check establishes a consistent tempo
and sound from hand to hand. Try to match that consistency
as you move from the check into the sticking pattern.
Don't forget to "take it off
the left" (start the exercise with your left hand and
use the opposite sticking throughout), as well as practicing
at various dynamic levels and types of stroke styles (legato,