In this simple set of exercises we look at crotchet (quarter note) based rhythms played on the snare drum. Note that everything here is in the ‘4/4’ time signature, that means four quarter notes are in each bar, so in every bar you count up to 4. We’re playing at a steady 100 beats per minute and for the moment we’re not worrying about the sticking too much, so play the music using either or both hands alternating.
In this set of exercises we add in the bass drum, playing on beats 1 and 3. Practice this using a metronome – start real slow and then when you feel confident bring the speed up to 100bpm.
In this set of exercises we bring in the quaver or ‘eighth note’. A quaver lasts for half the amount of time as a crotchet, so it’s a faster note – to help you count in quavers you can count “one and two and three and four and”. Watch the video for an explanation of how you should stick these exercises – by sticking we mean whether you should hit the drum using your right or left hand. Have a go at these exercises:
Finally we add in the bass drum to beats 1 & 3 while playing a mixture of crotchets and quavers on the snare drum. Have a go at these exercises. Keep it slow at first, practice to a metronome and when you’re confident bring the speed up to 100bpm:
This version of Rhythm & Rests Part 4 has the stick markings included (R / L) – remember stickings on this site are shown for Right Handed drummers playing on a Right Handed drum kit. For more information about playing Left Handed / Open Handed watch this video.