The Drag Tap Moving In Staggered Blocks Of Four

Creating more complicated orchestrations that move around the kit in odd groupings.

In this lesson you will be orchestrating a sixteenth note drag tap following an orchestration concept first applied to the single stroke roll that involves moving around the kit in groups of four that have been displaced by an eighth note. This means, ignoring grace notes, you will start with a two stroke grouping followed by three four note groupings and ending with another two note grouping. This creates a slightly syncopated pattern that, when combined with the grace notes, sounds particularly cool. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of links to other lessons you may find useful during the learning process, including that original single stroke roll orchestration.

Feet have been included in all exercises but experiment with different patterns to those shown If you are finding an exercise difficult it would be worth removing the feet until you are comfortable with the hands. The feet become a little more useful in these exercises as they give an 'anchor' for where the beats of the bar fall. In later lessons you will experiment with shifting the placement of the feet to further emphasize the syncopated nature of the parts.


Exercise 1

Drag tap moving in displaced fours


Exercise 2

Drag tap moving in displaced fours


Exercise 3

Drag tap moving in displaced fours


Exercise 4

Drag tap moving in displaced fours


Exercise 5

Drag tap moving in displaced fours


Tasks

  • Using the two minute rule, aim for a tempo of around 120bpm with all note placements accurate.
  • Create your own orchestrations using this concept.
  • Use as many different feet patterns as you can think of with each exercise.
  • Apply the orchestration concept to the rudiment in various other time signatures and note values.
  • Apply the concept as a fill in your general playing.