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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


Lesson One

The Mighty Two and
Preparation for the Rock n Roll "Backbeat"

From The "
Discover Drumming" Video Series

It is very important to begin with a proper grip on the sticks and with the correct "down-up" stroke on the drums. This can be best learned by watching an expert, but assuming this is being done correctly then the "Mighty Two" should be practiced every day.

  1. The Single Stroke Roll
    By far the most natural of the two exercises because of the alternating of the right and left hands.
     R L R L   R L R L    
    see movie
    This should be played slowly at first and relaxed, gradually increasing the speed, then slowing again. Sustain for 2-5 minutes!

  2. The Double Stroke Roll
    The key to becoming a good drummer!
     R R L L   R R L L    
    see movie
    Slowly and carefully make each stroke, speed up always keeping control, the slow again. Sustain 2-5 minutes!

Preparation for the Rock n Roll "Backbeat"

  • This is the most common 2 handed co-ordination pattern in modern music.
    Count out loud 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and playing each count with the right hand
    1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +
    R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R
  • then begin to add the left hand on the counts "2" and "4"
    1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +
          L           L
  • Together:
    1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +
    R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R
          L           L
    Memorize this pattern and you're good to go!!!    see movie

  • When you have the backbeat memorized, try to play it along with one of your favorite CDs or tapes.
  • Pick a slow song at first (ballad), then try something faster. This is really fun and a great way to learn.
  • Try to stay right with the tempo (speed) of the song from beginning to end.

    To see and hear these examples, order Discover Drumming.

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