Basic Rebound Control

After teaching a beginner how to hold drum sticks, I spend a considerable amount of time teaching them how to hit the drum properly, and training their fingers and wrists how to respond in a relaxed fashion to the energy created from hitting the drum.  This requires some basic exercises involving individual strokes (rests in-between strokes) and also sequential/continuous strokes.  It is also important that the exercises be easy to memorize so that all focus can be put on technique.  

Below are two versions of the exercises that I use to focus on basic stick rebounding – the first version with 8th note subdivision counting written in (helpful to teach subdividing), and the second with no counting indicated (a less cluttered version).

Basic Rebound Control (with counting)


Basic Rebound Control (no counting)