bass drum and snare on the upbeat
Here is an exercise that gives me a headache. You play the bass drum and snare at the same time on ‘e’ and ‘a’ of the 1 e and a 2 e and a:
1 2 HH X_x_X_x_X_x_X_x_ S _____x_x___x_x__ B x_x__x_x___x_x__
Actually, I can play this a lot smoother open-handed. I’m guessing because of bad technique in the past and not paying attention to proper execution of syncopated beats. That’s the problem when you’re self thought: there’s nobody to tell you that you suck.
Applied to the drum set: