I am pretty sure that most of you are familiar with The Table Of Time Most likely you have played through using alternating sticking, leading with the weaker hand and possibly even using double stroke roll.
The first time I played The Table Of Time using doubles I noticed this great feeling, almost as if this method somehow sharpened and fine-tuned my hearing. It felt great and different on so many levels than using RLRL sticking. I could easily focus and listen to the sound of each subdivision like I wasn’t even playing it. I was able to quickly improve my timing and sense of odd subdivisions.
I experimented a bit more and moved over to paradiddle sticking (two single strokes followed by a double stroke) and yet again the results improved dramatically. It seems to me that when you play through The Table Of Time using alternate sticking it is a lot harder at first to separate the muscle motion from the audio that you are producing and hearing. It is as if they were inseparable.
Just like anything that’s worthwhile it won’t be easy at first but eventually you will be able to step up your sticking independence to the next level. It is like having a rhythmical ear-training class that will improve your sense of time and feel for subdivisions.
For supporting notation and description visit DRUM! magazine – Paradiddle-izing The Table of Time