The following exercise was written by Kim Plainfield, and appears in his book titled Advanced Concepts. This is a great exercise that combines single, double, and triple paradiddles into a phrase that reverses itself every four measures (right hand leads four measures, then left hand leads four measures, etc...). The pattern consists of four singles, three doubles, three triples, and finally one double that flips the sequence.
Anyone who is familiar with my teaching knows that I favor creativity above all else. I developed the following lesson to help students increase facility when playing back and forth across the toms. This lesson represents an intro to thinking creatively not only about orchestration, but also how sticking and body positioning are involved in moving efficiently around the drum kit. Using these concepts, students areable to think more critically about how they choose to physically approach the drums, as well as fills requiring extensive movement around the kit. Utilizing basic 16th note patterns and simple stickings, this lesson will also help improve speed and dexterity. I've included a link to a YouTube video featuring Gabor Dornyei in which he discusses similar concepts, but on a more advanced level. The video is well worth watching (or at least skipping through) as Gabor has an interesting approach to his drum setup that perfectly demonstrates how the concepts in this lesson can be applied. Have fun with the lesson, post any questions or comments you may have, and share your patterns for moving around the kit.
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