Warm-up: Spend a few minutes playing paradiddle-diddles and threes in time with “I’ve Changed Too” by Justin Kalk Orchestra.
Skill work: The focus of today is mastering three- and four-strokes:
Emphasize even rhythm and sound, and let the heights flow naturally (do not concern yourself with super low taps). This exercise should make you aware of your fulcrum pressure as well.
Challenge: Can you add diddles? See below:
Go slowly (1/4 note = 80 bpm to start), and strive for perfect diddles. This is a fun one!
Post tempos to comments.
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.
Let’s play some triple stroke rolls! Three’s, or French rolls, are very common in modern rudimental percussion literature. In addition, they will strengthen your double-stroke rolls, help your flam taps, and teach you how to apply fulcrum pressure effectively. Functional indeed.
Refer to Murray Gusseck’s “MasterClick” article, and download the audio track here. Play three’s for the entire 31-minute mp3. Your options are:
- Vary rhythm: 1/8th notes, triplets, 1/16th notes, sixtuplets
- Vary height: All up, all down, crescendo, decrescendo, accented
- Vary sticking: R r r L l l R …, R l l L r r R …, R r l L l r R …
Have fun, be creative, and get better at three’s! Post experiences to comments.
(Here is a fascinating interview about the farm-to-table movement to listen to while drumming.)
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.