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Warm-up: Spend 4 minutes playing three’s (RRR LLL) and tap five’s (R llrr L rrll). Use “Earth” by Imogen Heap for tempo.

Skill work: Introducing a new pattern today: ABAA BABB. This means play pattern A, then pattern B, then pattern A twice. Then repeat off the “B” pattern. Check it out below, using 16th’s (A) and 32nd’s (B) as the two patterns:

Spend some time working these patterns out, always with a metronome, and also feel free to experiment with other stickings (paradiddle the 32nd’s, double the 16th’s, etc.).

Challenge: Read “Reflecting on The Red Plane” by Lydia Ness, an article explaining the deeper meaning behind RCC’s show this season. What is your red plane, your dream, your passion?

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Wednesday: Paradiddle Fun

Warm-up: Watch Arcadia HS 2011’s opening snare feature for a bit of pre-drumming inspiration (starts 1:32 in):

Then spend 5 minutes working on backsticking with this pattern:

Skill work: We will approach the paradiddle grid from a different angle today, where we keep the accent constant and grid the rudiment:

Work through these sticking patterns slowly and with very strong accents. Use the metronome to imprint even rhythms, and be sure to play the entire grid left hand lead as well.

Challenge: Can you put a flam on the first note of every double stroke? This is a hybrid rudiment called a “choo-choo,” and it is a progression towards book reports. Can you backstick every accent? This will build fluidity with slower and faster backstick passages.

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Friday: Paradiddles and Puh-duh-duh’s

Warm-up: Spend 6 minutes playing a mixture of singles and puh-duh-duhs (RLLRLL, LRRLRR). Play along with “Gossip” by Galactic.

Skill work: Today we will work on two versions of the Paradiddle Grid. Begin playing slowly while focusing on even 16th notes and distinct heights. Notice too that both notes of the double beat are accented. Work each version before increasing tempo, aiming for the 160+ bpm tempo range.

Challenge: How fast can you play 8 puh-duh-duh’s in a row? Off the left? Use a metronome, and play the puh-duh-duh’s as sixtuplets. The tendency as you get faster will be to “crush” the low double, so work on “opening” or “widening” that rhythm.

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