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Rudiments Around the Drums: Part 5
Not For Marching Only!
I hope this series of lessons on applying Rudiments Around the Drums has given you some new ideas and sparked some ideas of your own. This fifth, and final, lesson in the series covers Triple Ratamacues and combinations of Rudiments.
Open or Closed
The notation above is the standard version and there are two ways to play the grace notes (which are the 2 small notes preceding the eighth-note triplet). Marching style most often uses the open style, where you play 2 distinct grace notes. Orchestra or Jazz drummers, however, usually play the grace notes closed with a short buzz sound. Either way you interpret the grace notes, you can spread the Triple Ratamacue around the drums in many ways: Play it as is on a snare or tom, break it up and play the grace notes on the snare and the remaining notes on a tom or vice versa. You can also get some good sounds by playing Triple Ratamacues with one stick on the ride cymbal and the other on a snare or tom.
Hip Triple Ratamacue
You can play this new version of the Triple Ratamacue around the set as follows:
Combinations of Rudiments
Once you perfect each of the Rudiments around the drums separately, the final step is to combine them.
Here are some ideas for combining rudiments and playing them around the drums. They are designed to get you started. I'm certain that, with a little practice, you'll come up with many of your own.
Practice the above exercises in these ways:
1) On a snare drum or tom, as written.
When first practicing the above exercises, you should follow the written repeat signs. After you've become comfortable with them, play some "time" between each exercise. If the example is four bars long, then you'd play four bars of time, the four bar example, and then repeat that pattern. You'll notice that the first example lends itself more to Rock, Funk, or Latin style fills, while the others fit more into the Jazz vein. Be sure to play the appropriate "time" when practicing.
Until next time, be creative and stay loose!
Click the link for Rudiments Around the Drums: Part 1
Click the link for Rudiments Around the Drums: Part 2
Click the link for Rudiments Around the Drums: Part 3
Click the link for Rudiments Around the Drums: Part 4
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