Adding simple quarter note feet under the flam accent.
As discussed in most other rudiment lessons, adding feet is a very useful thing to do as it will help develop foot technique at the same time as working on your hands. It will also improve independence and co ordination as well as your natural time keeping. In a practical sense we can add feet to fill patterns to both help keep time and to add an extra layer of sounds to the parts played. As an exercise the main aim here is to get you used to placing that grace note before a hand and foot stroke.
Through this set of exercises you will be playing the rudiment with a standard foot ostinato underneath that will be made up of crotchets. All exercises will involve playing something with a foot at exactly the same time as playing something with a hand. It is hugely important that these notes are played exactly at the same time so I strongly recommend you work through the lessons in this Hand to Foot Syncronization Exercise. You may also find our lesson on the Single Stroke Triplet useful too.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of 130bpm with good hand technique.
- Use both standard and reversed sticking for each exercise.
- Create your own feet patterns for the exercises.
- Play all exercises as a continuous pattern, then repeat.