Monthly Archives: December 2010

Friday: Single Stroke 3’s and 5’s

Warm-up: Spend 4 minutes playing paradiddles. Vary the accents, placing them on different partials of the paradiddles. Use “Cosmic Girl” by Jamiroquai as a timekeeper.

Skill work: Play single stroke three’s and five’s for 8 minutes. Try this exercise that alternates between the two rudiments. Start at 120 bpm, playing perfectly in time with accurate rhythms. Increase the tempo by 20 bpm as you feel comfortable. As a variation, try accenting all the e’s and a’s.

Challenge: Marching percussionists, add diddles to the exercise above, playing five- and nine-stroke rolls. Play the rolls at a tap height, and work with a metronome to see how quickly you can play the entire exercise.

Drumset players, try playing the exercise above 1) with your feet and 2) between one hand and one foot. Use your other limb(s) to play time in a simple 1/8th note groove pattern.

Post tempos, variations, and other ideas to comments. Happy New Year!

Wednesday: Flam Accents and Flam Drags

Warm-up: Spend 5 minutes playing single and double strokes. Play a variety of heights and rhythms, and preferably play in time with a song. Try “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake.

Skill work: Practice flam accents for 10 minutes. Try this exercise, and focus on playing consistent flams every time. Use a metronome, and start very slowly (1/8th note = 80 bpm). Once you have mastered the exercise slowly, gradually increase the tempo (try 10 bpm each time).

Challenge: How fast can you play 8 flam drags in a row? Start slowly, use a metronome, and play perfect flam drags every time. Over the course of 5 minutes, increase the tempo and work on your “sprinting” speed. The focus here is speed development, but still play great rhythms and distinct heights.

Post your experiences (tempos, heights, techniques, etc.) to the comments.