Since I began training other drummers, I’ve identified the majority of drum pupils are very comfortable performing alternating single strokes within a steady 8th or 16th note rhythm. When not playing these rhythms (non-constant) and also syncopated rhythms, many drummers have the tendency to lose their rhythmic flow and have negative affects on the drummer when practicing. Once in a while, I clearly see students freezing up, while consciously contemplating which hand to work with next. Despite studying the rudiments, most beginner students haven’t developed a practical sticking system for use on the drum set, these problems exist and can be fixed.

This is what music notes looks like:       

Music Notes Explained

How to Start Learning Drum Music in Today’s Class

This is a quarter note: (Sound on count)

This is a quarter rest: (Rests reveal silence)

Keeping track of

•In 4/4 time, quarter notices and quarter rests equal 1 beat, and there are 4 beats for every measure

•Quarter notes are measured in 1-2-3-4

•Count out loud and in a stable rhythm and repeat until finally it becomes simple for you.

Reading and Playing

Listed below, I have provided a 4 measure warm-up, then an 8 measure peice of music. Follow the instructions and, before long, you should be able to go through and have fun playing the exercises in your snare drum or drum cushion.

•Set your metronome to 60 BPM

•Begin out loud counting 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4, and time your count to coincide with every click on the metronome or in your mind. As soon as you feel you might be counting progressively, you are ready to get started reading and playing. A good reminder: Continue counting out loud while you play and read.

•Wherever you see a quarter note, strike the drum pad (or your snare drum) while counting the number of the beat out loud. Be sure to strike the drum at precisely the same moment you count.

Be sure to count the number of the beat where the rest falls when following these drum school lessons online.

When you see a rest, do not strike the drum. I recommend counting rests softly. This helps to reinforce the necessity to remain quite during rests.

4 Measure Reading Exercise

For the exercise, we won’t be working with rests. Just count up out loud and hit the snare drum or practice drum on every single beat using an changing single stroke sticking.

From the beginning stages of drumming, I never really offered much thought to the sticking I used on the drum set; I just enjoyed what I heard within my head. I mainly utilized alternating single stroke stickings mainly because they came naturally to me. Very little did I know that, as a 21 yr old beginner, I had started to develop a basic sticking program that I would use and teach from that point forward on an online drum class.

I call the system I prefer and teach the “Single Stroke Process” and this course is excerpted from an instructional reserve I’m currently producing on the subject. I don’t claim to have created this system; the Single Stroke Technique is widely used (and often personal-taught) by rock drummers and may provide any drummer by using a practical and natural, basic sticking system that enables them to play without thinking of stickings. In this course, I will explain the essentials of the Single Stroke Process and offer some stickings for you to practice. Onto the lesson!

Drum School Online Lessons on Sheet Music

Play each of the rhythms below together with your metronome (commencing at 60 BPM), whilst counting out loud and paying close attention to the suggested stickings. While checking out notes, I recommend that you just count the notes in parenthesis like a pause/wisper. According to the Single Stroke System, you are to skip the hand that would have played those notes, this helps to reinforce the fact that you shouldn’t play those notes.

Repeat each of the rhythms until you can perform them with out thinking about the sticking. Then, gradually boost the tempo and repeat. Reverse the sticking and practice leading with the secondary hand, as you become comfortable with each phrase. These stickings will occur naturally in your playing before long.

Make sure not to tense up and watch the angle of the drum stick when trying to add dynamics to your music. For full dynamic result, be sure to maintain a visible level in volume and distance between accented notes and unaccented.
Getting Started

Set your metronome to 60 bpm and engage in alternating solitary strokes in a steady sixteenth note rhythm, at a comparatively soft volume (conserve a stroke height of a maximum of 3″ higher than the playing surface). Pay attention to evenness in volume and rhythm. When you can play this consistently and smoothly, you are ready to begin the highlighted study.

When training the Single Stroke System, I frequently use the terminology “primary” and “supplementary” when making reference to the hands. The principal hand is the chosen hand with which you typically lead (the right hands for most right handers, and the left for the majority of leftys); the supplementary hand is the hand with which you do not usually lead.

Practicing Double-Strokes on Your Bass Drum

Learning the “Hop And Fall” Technique

Initially starting off playing and learning drums, usually I performed the rudiments-hand technique, looking at my drumming sychronisation. I also spent quite a lot of time playing and learning along with my favorite rock tunes. Since most simple like rock and roll beats and didn’t require significant bass drum pedal speed, I in no way gave much energy in developing it. I was able to jam together with my favorite songs and reproduce the drum elements fairly accurately, with little trouble.

Eventually, I began to experience beats that contained two notes played in quick succession (double-strokes) on the bass drum. These double-strokes were especially widespread in the drumming and very impressive in some of the more popular bands. I was amazed by the sheer velocity with which they played on bass drum double strokes, so I determined that I absolutely needed to learn how to pull them off!

Heel to Toe Drumming TechniqueWhen seeking to play fast double-strokes on the bass drum, I noticed there was no way I could possibly move my entire leg quickly enough to perform them cleanly and consistently; I needed to develop a technique that required less motion. Through trial and error, I began to develop a method which I later named the “Hop and Fall”. It was never taught to me, even though i don’t claim to have invented this technique. Actually, most back heel up players use this (or possibly a similar) method. I’ve just taken the chance to give it an appealing, descriptive label. Let’s check out the Hop and Fall works.

The Starting First Stroke: The “Hop”

Begin with your feet flat on the pedal, like Fig. 1 . My students seem to learn the technique more easily when starting with the heel down and slightly exaggerating the motions, even though i usually play with my heel slightly up. The movements can be easily adapted for heel up or heel down playing.

Every student of the drums should be able to study music. Many drummers assume that reading through is very challenging. Actually, reading through is very effortless. They key to reading is counting. You can learn how to read music if you can count to 4! You should be able to read, count and play basic rhythms on the snare drum or practice pad, by the end of this drum lesson online. We’ll begin by taking a look at quarter quarter and notes rests, and how they’re counted.

Going to Seattle Drum School

If you can afford to go to Seattle Drum School then I recommend you take advantage of the opportunity.  Your skills will dramatically improve and you will make fantastic friends.   Here is a little piece about the school:

Founded in 1986, the Seattle Drum School has established itself as the premier vocational music school for drum set, guitar, bass, voice, piano, horns, and musical studies in the Northwest. From beginners through professionals we offer private and group instruction for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
From beginning courses to master classes our programs include valuable information and experiences that provide our students with the necessary tools, confidence, and inspiration for becoming professional musicians, college music majors, or for pursuing music as a fulfilling hobby. You’ll learn from some of the most distinguished musicians and teachers in the area.

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