Changing the voicing of a ratamacue on every '+' count.
In this next Ratamacue orchestration the rudiment will be played all on the snare, with the exception of the quarter note counts which will move around various parts of the kit. The given patterns will avoid arm cross overs and to do that a simple rule is followed. This rule involves splitting the drum kit up into two halves, left and right, and each part in the two sides will be hit with the hand on that side. So the right half will be played with the right hand and vice versa. The right half will include the mid tom, floor tom, right side crash, ride and any other cymbals you have on that side of the kit. The left half will have the high tom, hi hat, left side crash, the second snare if you have one and any other cymbals. The snare will be exempt from this rule and can be thought of as in the middle. It will help to think of an imaginary line down the middle of the kit between the high and mid toms, any part of the kit to the right of the line will be played with the right and any part to the left with the left hand. That is a very long and convoluted explanation, when you start playing the exercises below it should become clear what is going on.
I have given 5 examples of this below, use these as a starting point to create your own orchestrations of the rudiment.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create your own orchestrations using this concept.
- Use as many different feet patterns as you can think of with each exercise.