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Replacing 16th notes with bass drums

Drum lesson and rhythm game: replacing 16th notes with bass drums

Hi there! So, on today’s Instagram Live lesson we played a fun game that’s both excellent for the drum set, but also awesome fun to test your coordination! We did this by replacing 16th notes with bass drums as follows:

  1. We took simple Single Strokes (RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL), played them as 16th notes (ca-ter-pi-llar)
  2. Then replaced each note with a bass drum (right foot) one at a time, repeating the exercise (game) a few times over
  3. After that, we played a basic drum beat (see previous blog post) for 3 bars and one of the above exercises on bar 4 (referred to as a 4 bar phrase)

Try to do these really slowly, say at 40BPM, to really explore the space between the every note.

I’ve written a quick PDF with each game / exercise for you to download and have fun with. Grab it by clicking the link below.

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

Be sure to check out my YouTube channel for more content; I tend to post drum covers as well as drum lessons from time to time.

And, if you fancy, check out my drum book Concepts here and grab yourself a copy; it’s a great learning resource and helps support what I do.

Thanks, and see you online!

Nick x

About Nick Schlesinger

I’m lucky to tour the UK and Europe with great artists and work on sessions in world-renowned studios such as Abbey Road Studios on some really cool projects. You can also find me playing covers gigs in and around London.

Education is a big part of my work, and I’m really passionate about helping drummers achieve their goals. Published by magazines like Modern Drummer (US) and Drummer (UK), I constantly add new educational content on my blog, and I frequently like to embark on various entrepreneurial projects.

Check out my drumming book: Concepts

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