Breaking single strokes with kicks on numbered counts.
In this lesson you will be learning a double kick exercise built from thirty second notes where the kicks follow the rhythm of the hands. This is a great exercise in building up speed with your feet. There are four steps in building up to the full part, these are presented individually with a quick note about what is happening before the whole part is put together on page three. The intention is for you to use the given parts first as written then to develop them into your own versions of the exercise.
As well as foot speed, using this exercise you can develop multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with orchestration and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit.
When learning the parts, take your time and ensure note placement, technique and timing 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. After the full exercise you will find a list of suggested tempos. A metronome should be be used as much as possible when playing these parts.
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.
I'll start out by giving you the movement as sixteenth notes so you can see more clearly what is going on. Play four single strokes on the snare Followed By four single strokes on the feet then repeat. Focus here on both your left hand and foot, make sure they are playing as firmly as the rights.
Then double up to 32nds. This is exactly the same movement as the first step just played at twice the speed. Really focus on note placement here, don't let your timing slip.
Accent the right hands on count 1, the lefts on count 3 and the one right hand on count 4.
The hands move clockwise around the toms in a staggered movement. Don't forget the accents!
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.