Somedays, I feel like my left hand or left foot is actually getting worse. I have to remind myself that it's not-it's just my high expectations that make me feel that way.
When those times of frustration become too much and I need to feel at least a little progress, I make one switch in my practice-and the results are usually quite rewarding.
What's the "switch"?
Pretty simple, actually. I direct my focus to the weaker limb by giving it responsibility.
How do you give a limb responsibility?
Once again, simple. You make it the "leading" limb.
For an example, when we play a single stroke roll (with hands or feet) our stronger limb will lead and our weaker limb will follow-this is natural. The problem with this is the weaker limb will never receive enough focus and attention to make real improvement.
When we transfer the responsibility of "leading" to our weaker limb our attention and awareness of it increases dramatically and as a result the development accelerates.
This is the most effective way to develop our weaker limbs. We can utilize this practice technique in multiple ways: playing rudiments, grooves and even some of our favorite fill concepts...which is exactly what this lesson is all about.
We're gonna take our favorite Bucket o' Fish fill and switch it to a left-hand-lead fill. This also changes the orchestration in really cool way.
So, not only are we developing a stronger left hand, but also we're growing our foundation of this fill concept and expanding our fill vocabulary!
It rules and you rule for working on your weaknesses. That's how you become your best.
"We all have a tendency to avoid our weaknesses. When we do that, we never progress or get any better." - Jocko Willink
Stay Focused and Practice with Purpose,