How To Build Finger Control

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

Finger control technique is mostly associated with speed drumming. It’s a very important hand technique to practice because of its use in blast beats and fast ride and hi-hat patterns for funk and jazz. Very fast drum fills and patterns that rely on quick bursts of strokes are highly dependable on this technique as well. So if you’re going to practice the finger control technique you have to do it accurately from the get go, since it can take long to get good at it. With that in mind, this free live drum lesson with Jared Falk on the helm was designed to give you plenty of tips and exercises for getting your finger control technique to where you want it to be.

Finger control technique isn’t used exclusively all the time. You’ll play it in conjunction with your forearms and wrists more so than as a solo technique. A great example of that is when the wrists are used as the prime motors for the hands. The development of your fingers will guaranty that the drumsticks are kept in place and under your control. The double stroke roll will see a great improvement as well, especially when you’re trying to play it consistently on surfaces that lack bounce. You’ll be using your fingers to propel the sticks for the second stroke, after the initial one is played with the wrist.

The exercises on finger control Jared Falk came up with, focus heavily on hand isolation and moving between different note values. However, you’ll also find some cool exercises for practicing wrist to finger transitions – and vice versa – and for developing your fingers without sticks or practice pads.




  • Tony says:

    how do I learn how to stop using muscles while playing

  • Tony says:

    please how do I learn how to stop using muscles while playing.

  • Matt says:

    May just be my crappy snare, but I don’t have that much bounce in it, so it’s hard to practice this, it’s pretty easy to do on practice pad.

  • JohnKeg says:

    i try to practice the finger technique but the drumsticks slide and i cant hold the balance point :S … what can i do for that? (sorry for my bad english)

  • Chris Howe says:

    Palm Springs, CA.

  • shalom seramaan says:

    whats more important finger control or wrist contorl

    • Eli says:

      both are as important…. the finger technique comes in when you need speed but it isn’t a solo technique. it works with the other techniques. wrist helps you lay in the stick into the drum and with good practice, you could work your articulation up as well. there is no technique that has all pros and no cons that is why we have other techniques to make up for where one ffalls short. I hope you catch my drift

  • Ebube Junior says:

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  • Casey says:

    Hey guys!

    I’m having a lot of trouble with my left hand. My right hand is almost perfect. The trouble I’m having is when I start my left hand, I’m not getting much rebound or power. Do you think I’m doing something wrong when I practice or that it’s just going to take some time to get use to?

    Thanks a lot and God Bless!

    • Sourabh says:


      I’m having the exact same problem .. my left hand decays too fast (not literally but hope you get my point).. what i started doing is took my HQ practice pad (considerable weight) stretched my arm out fully (forwards)and tried lifting the pad with my wrist (holding it with your fingers obviously). It turns out to be very helpful in strengthening the muscles in my left-hand.. That is probably the most elaborate written explanation i can give and hope it help :).. Well at least give it a try ok ?

  • John Odom says:

    Great job with this lesson guys. I can relate to practicing in the heat. I was practicing this in my car on my lunch break. I live in Orlando and it’s ninety in the shade.

    I’ve been working on hand speed and finger technique lately so this is just what the doctor ordered. A couple of things I want to share.

    The diagonal movement of the stick, esp with the weaker hand, Marko Djordevic show some exercises you can do with the sticks to help with that. He talks about strengthening the muscle at the base of the thumb. I really like the finger exercise and I will be doing this a lot. Going to share this with my students.

    You guys are Awesome!!!

  • Eric Choo says:

    Jared,when i do this exercise ,my drumstick will slip off my hand .

  • William says:

    what’s the practice kit that Jared’s using?

  • xiezhixing says:

    Ask the first two video Jay Deachman drum play along MP3 course to download?

  • Chris says:

    I cant wait for my drumeo membership! Much to my dismay I work 9-5 so I won’t be able to participate in the live lessons and chat with you guys. But these long videos are so much fun to watch play along to!!

  • caleb says:

    were is your guys studio

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