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Monday: Fivelet Grid

Warm-up: Use “Money Grabber” by Fitz and the Tantrums. Play 16th-note paradiddles during the choruses and alternating 8th-note flams during the verses.

Skill work: Today we are introducing the Fivelet Grid. This particular version keeps an accent on the downbeat throughout the grid, thus emphasizing the timing of all 5 partials in the fivelet. Start at 80 bpm and work through the phrases of 4’s, 2’s, and 1’s. Spend 15 minutes learning this rhythm and becoming familiar with how fivelets feel.

Challenge: Can you put a diddle on the downbeat of the Fivelet Grid? Start at 80 bpm and work through each accent variation with the diddle. Once comfortable, gradually increase the tempo while still playing even fivelets and perfect diddles.

By the end of today’s session, you should have a personal answer to the question, “What color are fivelets?” Post experiences, tempos, and colors to comments.