- practice exercises as written, then go back and practice them with a shuffle or legato feel.
- keep time with the high hat while playing the ride cymbal. Steady half-notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes played with the foot on the high-hat really helps to keep time especially when you are creating a break or a drum solo, where the tendency is to fall out of time in the transition. (Use ear protection, especially when you are playing on the ride cymbal or the crashes.)
- practice all exercises with the R hand on hi-hat or ride cymbal, then switch to L hand on hi-hat or L ride. Now, why burden oneself with ambidexterity on the cymbals? It strengthens your left hand; it allows your right hand freedom to play around the set, especially on the low tom, while your left hand is keeping time; and best of all, it it strengthens your right foot - making for a more solid bass drum beat. That’s because the right foot does the same thing whether R or L is working the cymbals, so the foot gets twice the workout.
All in all, Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass is the closest thing I know of to a “School of Rock” for aspiring rock drummers . Practicing the exercises in this book in a graduated manner will eventually give you the precision, timing, creativity, and mastery to be able to play tasteful grooves any time, anywhere.
People may remember a particular rock drummer from the groove that he laid down in one song, but what really makes a good rock drummer is the ability to play a wide variety of grooves and styles with a consistent technical proficiency.