R L L F Exercise

A one beat phrase to push hand to foot co ordination whilst opening up new options for groove and fill construction.

The exercise in this lesson is a very common phrase used in grooves and fills and is a great pattern for developing your hand to foot co ordination. The basic phrase is made up of a right hand followed by two left hands followed by a bass drum. The combination of hands and feet makes the pattern sound more complex than it is and the 'non single' sticking opens up options for orchestration.

I first came across this pattern in the song 'The Fallen Interlude', skip to around 1:30 in and the second half of that fill uses this pattern orchestrated using ghosted snares and toms, but played as 32nd notes. This lesson is more of an introduction to the pattern, in level 4 you will be converting it to 32nd notes and creating patterns more like the fill in this song.

On this page you will be shown the exercise as eighth notes and sixteenth notes as a straight version of the exercise and a version combining accents and ghost notes. The aim here is to get you comfortable with the pattern at a decent tempo. There will then be lessons on applying this in both grooves and fills.


Straight Eighth Note Exercise

The straight 8th note version of the exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 180bpm.

Accented Eighth Note Exercise

The accented 8th note version of the exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 180bpm.

Straight Sixteenth Note Exercise

The straight 16th note version of the exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.

Accented Sixteenth Note Exercise

The accented 16th note version of the exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.

Additional Exercise 1

Switch between the standard 8th and 16th note versions to help develop speed.

An exercise to push tempo

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 140bpm.

Additional Exercise 2

Switch between the accented 8th and 16th note versions to help develop speed.

An exercise to push tempo

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 140bpm.