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Drumming Tip: Ray Fransen On Building Strength In Both Hands

New Orleans Drummer and Drum Teacher Ray FransenSince we're all always trying to improve our playing, here are two quick tips I use with my students.

For most people, the weak hand is about 25-30% weaker than the strong one. So, to help even it up, simply make a conscious effort to use your weak hand during the day. Open doors, carry stuff, drive, etc., all with your weak hand. I also try doing two different things at once, like pouring milk with one hand and buttering bread with the other. It all improves coordination.

Second, Steve Gadd told me once that he often practices with two different stick models striving for evenness. He felt that it made the control completely hand-dependent and not stick-dependent. This stuff all helps.

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