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Wednesday: Basic Strokes

Today’s challenge is to learn and play Murray Gusseck’s “Basic Strokes” as played by the Santa Clara Vanguard drumline in 2004. You can watch the drumline play the exercise here:

And here:

As you can tell, the exercise is quite long and involved. As such, I have uploaded the 9-page pdf file here. Spend some quality time playing these patterns with a metronome (80 bpm seems like a good place to start), and after having worked out the ending, try playing with the videos a couple times. Have fun!

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