A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar flam accent in 4/4.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to an eighth note flam accent, the purpose of which is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together. A flam accent is a difficult rudiment to start with so these exercises will be more advanced than most Rudiment Workouts.
In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be pushed with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. This set of exercises is particularly useful for building up your weaker hand due to the alternating nature of the triplet sticking.
Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.
A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. This lesson is considered a sample of our premium download packs and can be downloaded for free on the link below.
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When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.
A two bar Flam Accent. As this is a more advanced rudiment you may not have come across this yet, I strongly recommend working through at least our sticking lesson for this rudiment. Pay particular attention to the sticking around the flams as that is where things can get complicated. In this exercise the flammed notes won't necessarily always be accented so play them at the same volume as the rest of the bar here.
A mixture of accent placements are applied to create an interesting and musical pattern. Playing a flam without accenting usually feels odd to me, be very aware of your dynamics around this point.
The left foot will play quarter notes on the hi hat pedal whilst the right plays a rhythm on the kick that makes use of a couple of runs of eighth note triplets. This will be a challenge in both foot stamina and hand - foot co-ordination.
Standard and grace notes all fall on the snare whilst accents are moved between toms and cymbals.
To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.