Offbeat 16th Snare Placement Exercise

Exercises in placing snares between eighth note hi hats.

In this set of exercises you are going to practice some common sixteenth note snare movemens where the snare falls in between two right hands. At the bottom of the page you will find a collection of links to other exercises you may find useful before learning these.

In all exercises you will be given an eighth note right hand part with a snare on a specific 'e' or 'a' count. I have used two forms of notation, the first has snares and hi hats notated in the same voice, to show more clearly what the rhythm is. The second is in the more standard notation with the hi hat and snare in separate voices. The two versions will be played and counted exactly the same.


Exercise 1

In this exercise you are playing snare drums on all 'e' counts. This creates an orchestrated version of the '1e+' sixteenth note rhythm.

A 16th snare placement exercise


Exercise 2

In this exercise you are playing snares on all 'a' counts. This gives an orchestrated version of '1 +a' sixteenth note rhythm.

A 16th snare placement exercise


Exercise 3

In this version there is a snare on the 'a' count after beat 2.

A 16th snare placement exercise


Exercise 4

In this version there is a snare on the 'e' count after beat 1.

A 16th snare placement exercise


Exercise 5

In this version there is a snare on the 'a' count after beat 4.

A 16th snare placement exercise


Exercise 6

In this version there is a snare on the 'e' count after beat 3.

A 16th snare placement exercise


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 150bpm.
  • Orhcestrate the right hand around various other parts of the kit.
  • Add snares on counts 2 and 4 to create a common time groove.