Drumming techniques #1: accent patterns for better coordination and speed
All drummers can be more precise and faster. There are a few accent patterns I use with my students that I think everyone can do. Due to the style of text here, all of these are in 4/4. Each R or is played as a quarter note. If a R or L is capitalized that means it's accented (hit harder than the others). repeat each pattern 10x, no stopping!
- •Rlrl/rLrl/rlRl/rlrLHit accents on each number. Measure 1, accent on 1, measure 2, accent on 2 and so fourth. When you get faster with this, it gets tricky
- •rlrL/rlrL/RlrlBecause of the accent in measure 2 and measure 3 plus the fact you are only doing 3 measures instead of 4 this can seem awkward but once learned can be developed into very cool set latterns
- •Rrll/RlRl/Llrr/LrLrSort of a play on the Paradiddle but not quite. Lots of strange sticking, but not as strange as it seems, once learned it will become easy and your left hand will thank u.
- •Rrrr/lLll/rrRr/lllRThis is about concentration and doing 4 in one hand then switching. It can take some focus, especially at high speeds
- •R_Lr/Lr_l/Rl_r/_rLrThe spaces are rests. This one is fun if you let it be. Take it slow