The Four Bar Phrase

Here is a quick tip that will help you further reinforce any new drum set pattern that you are working on, use it in a four bar phrase. For those of you have never heard of a “four bar phrase”, it is simply counting out four measures of time while you are playing.

The measures are counted out loud as: 1 an 2 an 3 an 4 an 2 an 2 an 3 an 4 an 3 an 2 an 3 an 4 an 4 an 2 an 3 an 4 an Where the big, bold 1, 2, 3, 4 are telling you what measure that you are in. Once you finish playing the four bar phrase, crash a cymbal of beat “1” in the next measure and continue counting the four bar phrase over. Repeat this exercise until you are comfortable with your progress.

The next step in this process is to play the new drum set pattern; this time add a fill on beats “3 and 4” of measure 4, still add the crash cymbal on beat 1 of the next measure, then continue counting out the four bar phrase. Repeat this exercise until you are comfortable with your progress.

Enough of the long explanation, here it is written out for you. Good luck.

The Four Bar Phrase

Chop Builders 3

Welcome back to another installment of my warm ups. The following 3 examples few roll exercises that I have been playing since my old marching band days back in upstate New York. Thanks goes to Jim Ahearn and Matt Savage. Just like my other warm ups, these exercises are meant to build ‘chops’. Pay attention and listen closely to make sure the rolls are played evenly.

EXERCISE 1

Exercise One is repeating sixteenth notes mixed with nine-stroke rolls. This is a 2-bar repeating phrase in 4/4 time.

The exercise can be counted: “1 E & Ah, 2, 3 E & Ah, 4, 1 E & Ah, 2 E & Ah, 3, 4”

chop-builders3-exercise1

 

EXERCISE 2

Exercise Two is based on Exercise One. This time the sixteenth note groupings and the rolls are played twice as long.

This exercise can be counted as:

“1 E & Ah, 2 E & Ah, 3,4, 1 E & Ah, 2 E & Ah, 3,4,

1 E & Ah, 2 E & Ah, 3 E & Ah,4 E & Ah,1,2,3,4”

chop-builders3-exercise2

 

EXERCISE 3

Exercise Three is the 6/8 version of Exercise Two. There are alternating measures of eighth notes played in 6/8 time, and open rolls.

This exercise can be counted as a continuous ” 1,2,3,4,5,6 “, alternating between the eighth notes and rolls.

chop-builders3-exercise3a

 

chop-builders3-exercise3b

Chop Builders 2

Welcome to my second group of warm up exercises. The common theme in this group of exercises is accents. Remember to always practice with a metronome. Not only will this help you work on your timing; it can also help you keep track of your speed. Remember to start off at a slower speed, then once the warm-up is learned, increase the tempo. Pay close attention to really bring out the accented note.

The first warm up is a two bar repeating pattern:

Chop Builders 2 Exercise 1

 

 

 

Use the following stickings as different ways to practice this exercise:

(1) All right handed

(2) All left handed

(3) Alternating strokes

(4) Both right and left hand at the same time

(5) Double strokes on the accented note

(6) Paradiddles (for a little challenge)

 

The next warm up is a three bar repeating triplet pattern:

Chop Builders 2 Exercise 2

Use the following stickings as different ways to practice this exercise:

(1) All right handed

(2) All left handed

(3) Alternating strokes

(4) Double strokes on the accented note

(5)
Both right and left hand at the same time

 

The last warm up is a sixteen bar repeating phrase:

Chop Builders 2 Exercise 3

Use the following stickings as different ways to practice this exercise:

(1) All right handed

(2) All left handed

(3) Alternating right and left hands

(4) Double strokes on the accented note

(5) Paradiddles

Chop Builders

These exercises are designed specifically to build control and speed for both the hands and feet. When working on the hand exercises , pay close attention to technique. Concentrate on getting big, full strokes. To get the most benefit out of these exercises, mimic the action of knocking on a door or playing with a yo-yo. (This is technique is roughly the MOELLER Method.) By doing so you will be stretching out and building your muscles as well as using less energy!

Also, I recommend practicing these exercises atleast 15 minutes a day.

Please email me with any questions or comments.

EXERCISE 1

Chop Builders Exercise 1

(A) RRRR RRRR RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL RRRR RRRR RLRL RLRL RLRL R

LLLL LLLL LRLR LRLR LRLR LRLR LLLL LLLL LRLR LRLR LRLR L

(B) RRRR RRRR RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RRRR RRRR RLRR LRLL RLRR L

LLLL LLLL LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LLLL LLLL LRLL RLRR LRLL R

(C) RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR L

(D) RLRL RLRL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RLRL RLRL RRLL RRLL RRLL R

LRLR LRLR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LRLR LRLR LLRR LLRR LLRR L

(E) RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL R

LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR LLRR L

 

EXERCISE 2

Chop Builders Exercise 2

(A) RLRLRL RL RLRLRL RL RLRLRL RLRLRL RLRL

(B) RLRLRR LR LRLRLL RL RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRL

(C) RLRLRR LR LRLRLL RL RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR

LRLRLL RL RLRLRR LR LRLRLL RLRLRR LRLL

(D) RRLLRR LR LLRRLL RL RRLLRR LLRRLL RLRL

LLRRLL RL RRLLRR LR LLRRLL RRLLRR LRLR

 

EXERCISE 3

Chop Builders Exercise 3

 

 

 

 

(A) Hand Pattern: RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL

Foot Pattern: R L R L R L R L

(B) Hand Pattern: RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL

Foot Pattern: R L R L R L R L

(C) Hand Pattern: RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL

Foot Pattern: R R L L R R L L

(D) Hand Pattern: RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL

Foot Pattern: R L R L R L R L

(E) Hand Pattern: RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL

Foot Pattern: R L R R L R L L