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Wednesday: Feet Rudiments

Warm-up: Play some single strokes with your feet in time with “Ice Cream” by Battles. Refresh your memory with these patterns from an earlier RH post.

Skill work: Spend 15 minutes playing flam taps between your hands and feet:

Focus on achieving a consistent flam sound, regardless of which limb or surface is being played. Accent only the primary note of each flam, and keep the other notes low and quiet.

Challenge: Can you isolate the heel-toe technique on double bass such as Claus Hessler demonstrates in this video at 2:53? This is very helpful for the flam taps.

Post tempos and experiences with foot technique to comments.

Wednesday: Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs

Warm-up: Spend 3 minutes playing flam taps and inverted flam taps. Use “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele for tempo, and vary between 1/8th notes and triplets.

Skill work: Take a look at Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs. Work through these sticking patterns slowly, striving for even rhythms and consistent sounds. Notice the 5 over 4 pattern in the “Half’s” variation. Play both at one height (A) and at two heights (B).

Challenge: Can you play Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs with 4 different grips? Try both matched, both traditional, RH matched – LH traditional, and RH traditional – LH matched.

Post tempos, heights, and grips to comments.

Tuesday: Flam Taps

Warm-up: Mixing it up a bit today. Do 8 push-ups, each one with a different hand position. Loosen up with a mixture of buzz rolls and legato strokes. Repeat this couplet 3 times.

Skill work: Spend 10 minutes working on flam taps (use this exercise on page 2). Start at 80 bpm, and intentionally play each note with a wrist stroke. Increase the tempo by 8 bpm each minute, focusing on playing perfect flams (not double-stops) and consistent 16th-notes.

Challenge: Drumset players, can you orchestrate flam taps around the set? Try putting the accents on the toms and the taps on the snares. Also experiment with various foot patterns underneath, such as a samba or a rumba. Marching percussionists, can you play “ghosted” flam taps? (You will do the motion of each accent without actually striking the drum.) If so, how fast?