An exercise in 32nd note placement within a three note syncopated rhythm, very useful in fill construction.
In this lesson you will be decorating a three sixteenth note block with 32nd notes. The way you will be doing this is by doubling up the second note of the block, giving you a slower note followed by two quicker notes then another slower note. This will all be played in 4/4 creating a fast syncopated rhythm. This common movement is really useful in fill construction but is also a good way of working on hand speed and stamina.
There are multiple stickings you can use for this part and I will explore these below but let's start off with the base rhythm though. This is shown below in 6/8 as sixteenth notes first as this notation should be far more familiar to you.
This is then applied in 4/4 over three eighth notes to give an idea of the syncopation.
Spend some time familiarizing yourself with this simple movement and have a play around with some different sticking ideas.
For the first sticking play the sixteenth note on a right then the add the 32nds with the left. This will be the same for each three note block of the rhythm.
A similar movement to the first exercise is used where all 32nds are played as doubles and all 16ths as singles.
In this version you alternate right to left all the way through.
- Using the 2 minute rule, aim to get the exercises up to a tempo of around 130bpm.
- Work out which sticking is most comfortably for you.
- Construct fills using this rhythmic concept.
- Add feet to each version.