In the educational literature concerning the drumset, there are many great books talking about coordination.
The first ones that come to my mind:
I am sure that a student can create a great basis of coordination by practicing them properly.
However, it's possible that the student may spend too much energy on reading all those pages instead of focusing purely on co-ordination, thus slowing down the process of improvement. At least, that's what happened in my case at a certain extent.
Therefore, I felt the need to create my own short exercises that are meant to hit co-ordination problems right to the bone:
-focuses mainly on my weak limbs (left hand & feet)
-is repetitive & easy to read (so that one can concentrate solely on execution)
-includes 8th notes, triplets & off-beats.
-gives the drummer freedom to improvise but at the same time work on his/her co-ordination.
-limitation exercise inspired by my analysis of Mike Clark's playing on 'actual proof'.
While practicing these 'unconventional styles of comping I found myself not having enough ideas to improvise with. However, by analyzing the drum-groove of 'actual proof' I found out that actually there are only 5 motives which are repeated several times throughout the first 16 bars. So, I created this 'limitation exercise' which forced me to create a comping using only 5 short figures.
Look at the example below to understand how I applied this concept playing over 'beautiful love' from Kenny Barron's album '1+1+1'.