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TTTSNB
02-04-2008, 11:52 PM
Rudiments, particularly the paradiddle and its variations, can be used quite excellently in drumset playing. One cool thing to do is to use it in a rock or funk groove. The general aim is to play the majority of the notes as quietly as possible, and then play the accents as loudly as possible (Snare accents should be rimshots, hihat accents should be hit with the shoulder, etc)

One of the most common rudiments to use in this way is the paradiddle. Here's an example of a basic paradiddle groove. Try playing this groove to the metronome, starting around 80 bpm.

H-x-xx-x--x-xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-------

Work on getting the non accented notes as smooth as possible- especially the double ghost notes.

When you are comfortable doing this, work on placing accents in the hand pattern. Here are some examples:

H-X-xx-x--X-xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-------

H-X-Xx-x--X-Xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-------

H-X-xx-X--X-xx-X--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-------

Make sure again that you play these to a metronome and that you keep the notes even.

When you are comfortable with hand accents, work on putting a variety of bass drum and hihat foot/ opening patterns in. This takes a good deal of independence, but with focused practice it will come with little difficulty.

Here are some patterns you can try:

H-x-xx-x--x-xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-0-----

H-x-xx-x--x-xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o------0--0-----

H-x-xx-x--x-xx-0--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o----0---0-----0

As well as many others. Just try any patterns you already use in conventional rock or funk beats, and apply them to the rudimental style.

Once you are comfortable with bass drum syncopation, you can try combining hand accents with the bass drum patterns, offsetting the back beat to a location other then beats "2" and "4", and also try the paradiddle inversions (RLLRLRRL, RRLRLLRL, RLRLLRLR) in a manner similar to what I describe above.

Here's an example:

H-x--x-xx-x--x-xx-
S--gg-0--g-gg-0--g
B-0-------0-------

Using the same system as above you can develop more interesting grooves. Also try to orchestrate these patterns around the drumset.

billdrum
02-05-2008, 09:36 AM
Well done Will. Thanks!

ace76543
02-05-2008, 10:02 AM
must spread, but yeah. this is cool

TTTSNB
02-05-2008, 11:59 AM
You're welcome Bill and Ace.

Inkstar
04-29-2008, 07:16 PM
Fantastic lesson. Thanks alot!

Carn
05-03-2008, 04:33 PM
gooo Garibaldi's Future Sounds!

D For Drumstyx
05-27-2008, 10:04 PM
H-x-xx-x--x-xx-x--
S--g--O-gg-g--O-gg
B-o-------0-0-----

I'm new to drum sheet music, what does
g, O, o and 0 mean?

Retarded Chipple
05-28-2008, 11:48 AM
I'm new to drum sheet music, what does g, O, o and 0 mean?


Thats not actually sheet music - it's tabatulare (or tab)

The basics of sheet music for percussion instruments is not that different from what you'd find for guitar or piano etc etc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_notation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_tablature



The symbols in the tabs are as follows:


g = ghost note
O = usually an accented note
o = medium volume, not ghosted but not accented.

The 0 symbol was probably a typo, I'd assume is was meant to be a -o-, so play it as a normal bass drum note.