TRAIN

The basic sticking pattern of this exercise is a Flam followed by 3 strokes on the alternate hand.

This exercise also lends itself to the drum set when you substitute a foot (or two) for all the single strokes (i.e. the L in the first and third exercises and the R in the second and fourth exercises). Exercises 3 and 4 are cool because technically you’re simply playing three strokes on each hand with two of the three overlapping. 

Always start slow and play each exercise several times before proceeding to the next. Don’t forget to perform this and all rudimental exercises at soft, medium and loud volumes.

Have fun and remember to lock it in the pocket.

Kirby Jacobsen is a freelance drummer, composer, author and band leader in the New Jersey/New York metro area. Find him online here.

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