Free Pit Warmups & Exercises

Free to use pit warmups and exercises to download and use with your group!

This set of free pit warmups and exercises are composed for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and include audio examples. Download the PDF and use them in your ensemble at no cost, for nothing, gratis, etc!  Each warmup and exercise builds upon the previous one and are great learning tools. They’re great workouts for the hands and feet as well as the mind. Be sure to check out the various skill levels.

Below is each exercise divided into three separate skill levels which lets you find the right amount of difficulty for the application. Also included is a warmdown.


To hear or download an audio file of each exercise click the ♫ symbol next to the title.

Or download all audio examples at once here.



Stock Eighths ♫


Beginner Octaves ♫

Intermediate Octaves ♫

Advanced Octaves ♫


Beginner Sixteenths ♫

Intermediate Sixteenths ♫

Advanced Sixteenths ♫



Beginner Chromatics ♫

Intermediate Chromatics ♫

Advanced Chromatics ♫

Four Mallets:

Beginner Four Mallets ♫

Intermediate Four Mallets ♫

Advanced Four Mallets ♫




Creative Commons License

Creative Commons

If you’re new to teaching a drumline you can use all of this material for free with your group! The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This packet can easily supplement The Field Percussion User Manual.


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Other publication pages: Quadratics, User Manual, Drummy DrumInfo Packet, Drumline Warmups, Pit Warmups, Drumset Warmups, and Articles.