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Weekly Lessons

Term 2 Week 1 - Open Hi Hats

Monday, April 29, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Lessons

Open hi hats give us the ability to play longer sounds on the drum kit.

This can be a co-ordination challenge since we have to get the left foot and right hand working together.

Open the hi hat as the stick makes contact with the edge of the hi hat.

Close the hi hat on the next beat as you hit the hi hat.

Below are some exercises to get you familiar with adding open hi hats to your grooves.

Exercise A is just the hi hat by itself. Exercise B adds the kick and snare. Exercises C and D add kick variations.


16th Note Accents

Sunday, March 24, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Lessons

Accents are used to emphasise certain notes in a phrase.

This exercise is used to get you familiar with the 16 possible accent locations in a group of four 16th notes.

You can find this exercise and more variations on page 21 of Basic Drum Kit Studies.

Practice each exercise with a metronome.

All non-accented notes are to be played as low as possible. All accented notes are to be played from a higher position, using the velocity of the stroke to create the accent.

Accents can also be played as rim shots by striking the snare rim (with the centre of the stick) and drum head (with the tip of the stick) at the same time.


16th Note Fill Orchestrations

Sunday, March 10, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Lessons

16th Note Fill Orchestrations

This weeks lesson comes from pages 64 and 65 of Basic Drum Kit Studies, using exercises 3 and 4.

We are working on half bar and one bar fills using 16th notes.

Once you have the basic fill under control, try the following orchestrations.

An orchestration is a musical term for using different instruments, or in this case different parts of the kit.

Basic - Play the fills as written along with the groove scribe links. Start slowly and gradually increase the tempo (30-120 bpm).

Intermediate - Play the fills as part of a 4 or 8 bar phrase. Experiment with different groove variations and play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials, Survival Guide (go to online resources) or a song of your choosing.

Advanced - Create your own orchestrations by entering them into groove scribe. Play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials or Survival Guide (go to online resources) and improvise the orchestrations while keeping to the original half bar or one bar format.