Imitation Eights Using Single Strokes

Developing the previous exercise by using groups of eight notes.

This is a follow on lesson from our Imitation Fours Using Single Strokes, make sure you have covered this lesson before proceeding.

The aim of this lesson is to develop your ability to play double kick for longer whilst improving foot co ordination. To achieve this you are going to take the exercises learned in the lesson linked above but use groups of eight instead of four. This means each burst of double kick will last longer.


Quarter Note Exercise

As before, you'll start slowly by playing quarter notes. Use this exercise to get comfortable with how the pattern works.

The quarter note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 160bpm.

Eighth Note Exercise

Next you are going to take the same exercise and double all note values. The only difference here is how you count the exercise and the speed you play it at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Quarter Notes To Eighth Notes

Before progressing to the sixteenth note exercise try playing the quarter note exercise followed by the eighth note exercise twice. This is a great way to try and push the speed of the eighth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Sixteenth Notes

In the final exercise you will take the same concept again but apply it to groups of sixteenth notes. As with the previous exercise, the only thing that is changing is how you count the notes and the speed you play them at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 120bpm.

Eighth Notes To Sixteenth Notes

I'll finish this lesson with an exercise where the first two bars are played as the eighth note exercise and the second two bars are the sixteenth note exercise played twice. As with the crotchet to quaver exercise, this is a great way to try and push the tempo of your sixteenth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.