Developing your “Left Hand” and Practicing

Hey drummers and non-drummers!

What I want to talk to you about today is a topic for mainly beginner drummers, but it does not exclude intermediate and even advanced drummers! Your “left hand”, or whatever hand you’re weaker with, is the hand that struggles more with learning techniques, speed, endurance, and becoming comfortable. This applies to just about everything you do with your hands on the drum set (singles, doubles, moeller, flams, buzzles, gravity blasts, etc.). Typically your weaker hand will require more practice than your stronger hand will to reach similar levels of ability.

Although this can be frustrating at times (trust me I’ve been there), it is a real test to push yourself and accomplish your goals, whatever they may be. The key is having determination, which means practice practice practice! Schedule practice times every day (preferably at the same time) for a specific amount. I usually recommend at least 30 minutes a day, and more if your schedule allows for it. Motivation plays an extremely large part in this as well because results are usually not guaranteed within a week. You need encouragement to keep pushing yourself mentally and physically. The source of this stimulation can be anything, so long as it’s positive; learning a song, your parents, an audition, or someone you look up to (drummer or not). Personally, when I watch drummer better than myself they motivate me to practice harder and longer. Without any drive your skills will likely flounder and never get much better.

Now, getting back to your left hand, it is important to note that your hands will never be exactly the same. My right hand is a bit stronger, faster, and has more endurance than my left hand. This appears to be the case with most peoples’ preferred hand. If you’re ambidextrous however, you might have an advantage over us one-handed people. The reason is because drumming is all about your dexterity, and striving to be ambidextrous will provide you with numerous advantages in your playing.

Well that’s all for now. Keep practicing and finding new motivations! Happy drumming!

-Ryan Clark