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Monday: 1-2-3-4

Warm-up: Play the 1/16th-note grid with buzz rolls and double-stroke rolls. Work up to playing in time with “Firework” by Katy Perry (tempo = ~128 bpm).

Skill work: Spend 10 minutes working on your singles, doubles, threes, and fours by playing this exercise. Starting tempo is dotted quarter note = 108 bpm, and go faster only when you have mastered the transition from pattern to pattern. Aim for high heights, a full sound, and perfect rhythm.

Challenge: How fast can you play fours (RRRR LLLL)? Play one measure of 1/16th-note fours, accenting the downbeat and allowing the ‘e+a’ to rebound naturally.

Post heights, tempos, and thoughts on Katy Perry to comments.