A four step rudiment challenge that switches between two stamina draining rudiments within a bar.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a flam based pattern using different rhythms, the purpose of which is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming but particularly hand stamina. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.
In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit.
Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.
A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.
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When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.
In this one bar pattern the first half of the bar is played as sixteenth note triplets and the second half as straight sixteenths. A Flam Accent and Flam Tap is created within those note values with the addition of grace notes on the numbered and '+' counts. This part will be very fast, even at lower tempos, and is a great exercise in hand speed and stamina. When learning the part focus on the note placement, particularly around the grace notes, and the difference in dynamic level between the grace and standard notes.
For each rudiment, the first occurrence has both notes accented and the second has none. This pattern then continues through the bar. Note that the grace note is never accented and will be played at the same level through the bar. There are three dynamic levels used here so when practicing make sure these are all distinctly different.
To allow you to focus more on your hands, a simple eighth note foot pattern has been used. The left plays eighths on the hi hat pedal whilst the right plays quarter notes on the kick drum.
The part is orchestrated with all accented notes on the snare and standard notes moved around various toms. Note that the grace notes moves to toms also.
To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.