Simple Drum Rhythms

Rhythm & Rests #1 – Reading Simple Crotchet (Quarter Note) Rhythms – BAS003

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.

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Rhythm & Rests #2 – Reading Crotchet (Quarter Note) Rhythms with Bass Drum – BAS004

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.

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Rhythm & Rests #3 – Reading Quaver (Eighth Note) Rhythms – BAS005

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:

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Rhythm & Rests #4 – Reading Quaver (Eighth Note) Rhythms with Bass Drum – BAS006

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:

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BAS006 – Rhythm & Rests #4 Exercises With Stickings – Download Free PDF Sheet Music

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.

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