DYNAMICS FOR DRUMS

(Accents)

by Hans Cleuver (from - Netherlands)

Get your sticks for a little introduction to the drum course in dynamics. We show you several
examples in accents: groups of one, two, three or four single accents. The groups are always
separated by two beats in between. The several ways to play mentioned in one table:

1 om 1 2 om 1 3 om 1 4 om 1
1 om 2 2 om 2 3 om 2 4 om 2
1 om 3 2 om 3 3 om 3 4 om 3
1 om 4 2 om 4 3 om 4 4 om 4

Explanation:
An example: "2 om 2" means `play groups of two single accents and repeat this within one or two bars'.
Another example: "4 om 3" means `first play a group of four and than a group of three single accents, and repeat this within one or two bars'.

General exercises 1, 2, 3, 4, Example A: these exercises are valid for all variations mentioned in the table. Each of the exercises must be played with four different starting points.

starting point 1: 1tnt (table example 3 om 2)
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starting point 2: 1tnt (with table example 1 om 2)
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starting point 3: 4tnt, of the bar before (with table example 3 om 3)
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starting point 4: 4tnt, of the bar before (with table example 4 om 2)
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Watch it: all excercises must be played for one bar. Once you are in control of that, play all exercises once again, but for two bars each. Play your Hi-Hat, if possible, in quarter notes.

Excercise A, Example A: Play sixtheenths on Snare Drum as RLRLRL etc., and use the table accents. Just as has been used in the sound examples.

For more accent studies,try || BASIC ACCENT STUDIES # 1 ||
|| MORE ACCENT STUDIES # 2 || MORE ACCENT STUDIES # 3 ||
|| MORE ACCENT STUDIES # 4 ||
Also try COMBOS and check out "Funky Butt".

Exercise B: Play sixteenths on Snare Drum once more, very softly. Now, add the accents (those from the table) on Bass Drum. Again from the starting points. have a look at example B, in which the combination 3 om 1 has been used, with starting point 1tnt.

Example B


Exercise C: Play sixteenths on Hi-Hat as RLRLRL etc., with the Snare Drum played on 2 and 4. Play accented notes on the Bass Drum. Example C is combination 2 om 4, started at 4tnt.

Example C


Example D: All accented notes of the right hand are being played on Floor Tom and Snare Drum; always start at the Floor Tom. All accents of the left hand are being played on Snare Drum and High Tom; always start at the Snare. All the non-accented notes are being played on Snare Drum. Have a look at example D, with combination 3 om 3, started at 1tnt.

Example D


Example E: Use the system of exercise D again, but replace the sixtheenth note (the one which is played before the left hand accent) by Bass Drum plus Floor Tom; so these are 32's. Have a look at example E, with combination 2 om 2, starting at 4tnt.

Example E



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