Lesson Four – Drum Groove with Various Hi-Hat Patterns

Lesson Notes

In this lesson, we'll build upon the basic grooves that were introduced in lesson one and lesson two. These exercises will also help to further limb independence by adding additional bass drum play.

It will be important to keep the hi-hats even throughout these exercises.

Like with lesson one and two, we'll start with quarter notes, then work our way through to 16th notes.

With each exercise, the snare will be played on "2" and "4", while the bass drum will be played on "1" and the "+" of "2", "3" and the "+" of "4".

Exercise One

In the first exercise, play the quarter notes on the high hat. The snare drum is played on notes, "2" and "4". The bass drum is played on "1" and the "+" of "2", "3" and the "+" of "4".

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Exercise 1 - Quarter Notes
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Exercise Two

For the second exercise, we'll play the snare again on counts, "2" and "4" and the bass drum on "1" and the "+" of "2", "3" and the "+" of "4". On the hi-hat, however, we'll play the 8th notes.

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Exercise 2 - 8th Notes
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Exercise Three

In the third exercise, we'll play the snare and the bass drum on the same beats, but we'll play 16th notes on the hi-hat using one hand.

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Exercise 3 - 16th notes with one hand
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Exercise Four

In the fourth exercise, we'll stick with the 16th notes, but this time we'll play them with alternating hands. The snare and the bass drum are played on the same beats as the previous three exercises.

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Exercise 4 - 16th notes with two hands
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