In Bass Drum, you will visualize your fingers tracing the
rim of a bass drum suspended before you.
From the resting position, step forward slightly to the
left, place the left heel while keeping most of your weight on
the right leg, knees bent on both legs.
Raise your hands to about chest height. The finger tips are
angled upward, hands in opposition to one another, about 10
inches apart. Let your wrists relax fully along with your
hands and your fingers. As you shift your weight forward,
your hands drop downward close to your body with the wrists
flexing, and the hands changing alignment as your fingers trace
the rim of the drum.
Let the tension fall from your wrists as they lead and do
most of the work in this movement. In your hands and
fingers there is a feeling of the hands floating with the
Maintain a relaxed, upright posture with no leaning forward
Returning to the starting position, the fingertips continue
tracing the rim of your drum, rising no higher than your
Elbows remain close to the body as the arms never fully
extend at any time. Hand and arm movement is soft and
continuous and should match the rhythm of your body’s weight
shift forward and back. Breathe easily. Your eyes
remain open, focused forward.
Repeat 9 times on the left side. Return to the resting
position and allow your Chi to settle. Now, repeat the
movement on the right side.