April 26, 2017 
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Lesson One:
How to hold the sticks, The Mighty Two and Preparation For A Rock and Roll Backbeat

Lesson Two: The Single Paradiddle and the Five Stroke Roll

The 7 Essential Rudiments

34 Additional Rudiments: More Advanced Rudiments

Upbeats and Downbeats: Playing with Three Limbs!


Wrists Of Fury

Deep Fried Drums

Drum Tuning Tips

Setting Up Your Drums

Making Practice Count


Deep Fried Drums

Deep Fried Drums

In our previous examples the cymbal part in eighth notes remains steady with the snare drum and the bass drum always being played together with the cymbal. It is now time to move to a new level! With these examples we will play the snare drum and bass drum between the cymbal beats for a new sound and independence of the left (or snare drum) hand and the right (or bass drum) foot. This is the beginning of Real Freedom on the drum set and is the root of FUNK or SOUL DRUMS.

You must draw on your knowledge of rhythm you acquired from "Wrists of Fury" (Yes, I am a Bruce Lee fan, also Jackie Chan). We will concentrate on example 5 and 6 from "Wrists". The first is 2 sixteenths and 1 eighth and the second is 1 eighth and 2 sixteenths. Play eighth notes on the closed hihat first counting 1+2+3+4+ as usual. With the 2 sixteenths and 1 eighth rhythm we place a snare drum note between the "1" and the "+".

Count this 1 e + VERY SLOWLY AT FIRST and REPEAT at least 10 times! Then play the complete measure at least 10 times. Suggested Tempo 40-60 bpm.

It would be a good idea to see and hear this played on "Wrists" because it is essential that it is done correctly. In fact, the SOONER you memorize 2 sixteenths and 1 eighth and 1 eighth and 2 sixteenths, the BETTER!

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Now try it on the first 2 beats- 1e+ 2e+ 3 + 4 +

Ex 2.

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Now on the first 3 beats- 1e+ 2 + 3 + 4 +

Ex. 3

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Finally, try it on all 4 beats- 1e+ 2e+ 3e+ 4e+ As an additional challenge, substitute all snare drum parts (all the "e"'s with the right foot on the bass drum) This is the "syncopated" soul or funky feel.

It would be a good idea to add 2 and 4 backbeats on the snare drum and get comfortable with that. Then add a simple bass drum part and have 3 limbs playing!

Ex. 4

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The 1 eighth and 2 sixteenths rhythm is next. With 2 sixteenths and 1 eighth we play the snare drum between "1" and "+". Now we play the snare drum between "+" bad "2". A very simple but important difference!

Count 1 + a2 + 3 + 4 +

Ex. 5

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Repeat 10 times.


Then on the first two beats, count 1 + a2 + a3 + 4 +

Ex. 6

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Try it on all 4 beats, count 1 + a2 + a3 + a4 +a

Ex. 7

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As before, play all the "a" parts on the bass drum.


Add snare drum back beats and then a simple bass drum part.

Ex. 8

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We will put both new rhythms together for a "Classic Rock" feel called "boogaloo". Do the cymbal and snare drum parts alone at first then add bass drum.

Ex. 9

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Next, this is really funky! We will use 1 eight and 2 sixteenths in the bass drum on beat one.

Ex. 10

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Then add snare drum back beats and 1 eighth and 2 sixteenths on "1" and "3".

Ex. 11

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Now try 2 sixteenth and 1 eighth on every count.

Ex. 12

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I'll say again, learn these two important rhythms right away!!


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