At the beginning of the course, we'll focus a lot on hand coordination. The goal is to challenge our hand-brain connections and discover those particular hand combinations that trip us up. When you find one that's easy, move on to the next, and when you find a tricky one, focus there for a bit. When available and useful to others, I'll include notes from interactions with participants at the bottom of each daily message. The questions will also make their way into the 30 Days FAQ here: http://onensemble.org/2008/12/30-days-to-better-shime/#faq-link Keep the great questions and feedback coming! Happy practicing! Kris Q/A, Errata/Suggestions, Thoughts Question - What kind of batchi are you using? Answer - My go-to stick for small-drum practice is a pair of 7A drumsticks. They're really light and revealing of poor technique. I find that a heavier stick wants to move in a simple, up-down path and is generally easier to use. However, a heavy stick will also mask some of my problems. A light stick will react to smaller nudges and quirks of my hands and fingers, so by watching the tip of my batchi and trying to make it move properly, I can focus on my basic technique. If possible, I try to switch between batchi pretty regularly during a practice session -- one drill with a particular pair and the next drill with another. I've received some great suggestions regarding the opening tests. Track 3, Rhythmic Dexterity Test, should include a few warm-up exercises so the player can familiarize herself with "ten" vs "ka". Personally, I think I should include a click-track that goes through the whole drill. Initially, I considered the lack of a click to be part of the test, but now think that's more difficult than it need be. In the explanation, I say there are "eight sets", but there are actually five. After two years of doing all my small-drum drills left-handed, my single-stroke rolls are finally equal left and right hands. Ten tsuku is still a bit faster right-handed -- good to know it's the most revealing of dominant vs non-dominant hand differences.