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    Default Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    Just wanted to share a right-hand warmup I’ve been doing, inspired by snare drum rudiments. My favorites are “inside-outs”

    The goal is to improve rhythmic accuracy and dynamic control as we move from one course of strings to another (especially at higher tempos).

    All alternate picking (down-up-down-up) on open strings, repeating each pattern until RH is open and loose, before moving on to next pattern down.

    *ALL PATTERNS BEGIN WITH A DOWNSTROKE**

    Play 8th notes to a metronome. Start at 60-80 bpm. You can also double-time the click to avoid swinging 8ths

    Explore loud and soft dynamic ranges, or try accenting different notes in the pattern

    Paradiddles:
    EAEE > AEAA
    ADAA > DADD
    DGDD > GDGG

    Paradiddle-diddles:
    EAEEAA > AEAAEE
    ADAADD > DADDAA
    DGDDGG > GDGGDD

    Double paradiddles:
    EAEAEE > AEAEAA
    ADADAA > DADADD
    DGDGDD > GDGDGG

    Inside outs:
    AEEE
    EAEE
    EAAA
    AEAA
    DAAA
    ADAA
    ADDD
    DADD
    GDDD
    DGDD
    DGGG
    GGGD

    Hope someone out there finds this useful.

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    Default Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    Music...It's all about the picking hand!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    The left hand controls the notes, the right hand puts the soul in the music.

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    As a percussionist working on snare drum rudiments for most of my musical life, I find this incredibly cool! I'll give them a try and provide feedback. Thank you for providing this as an exercise.

    I wonder about applying the paradiddle model for down stroke/up stroke as well. D-U-D-D U-D-U-U as an example. I'll try that as well and provide additional thoughts.

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    Default Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    Interestingly, Duke Sharp, in Garage Band Theory recommends a book called Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed, as a good resource for learning to read rhythm.

    egardner6291's original exercises here are similar to some recommended to me by MM in our last ArtistWorks video exchange.

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    I've used the drum rudiments as RH pick direction exercises, and have probably mentioned it in past postings.

    the drumming pattern |: RLRR LRLL :| can be assigned either |: DUDD UDUU :| or |: UDUU DUDD :|

    And every one of the rudiments can be turned into plectrum exercises assigning R-stick to either 1) a downstroke or 2) to an upstroke.

    If you get this stuff down, pick direction will be irrelevant (Then you can start adding in hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and RH finger plucks into the whole shebang!!!)

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    Default Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    The left hand controls the notes, the right hand puts the soul in the music.
    That's a rather limited view. I think BB King and many others would disagree with that.

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    I never saw BB play a mandolin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    I never saw BB play a mandolin!
    I would buy a ticket to that!

    It might be helpful to add string skips to the exercises.

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    Default Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    I worked with a drummer once that I'd pat the beat out on my leg and say here's the beat on this tune he said well that makes it easy. Listening to music on my patio I'll pick up a stick or two or use my hands and tap along with different tunes...and the beat goes on as sonny and cher says...I recorded an instrumental of that tune in garageband...cOoL little tune

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    I've been playing fife tunes on mandolin for decades. Now I'm going to have to learn how to play the appropriate beatings on mandolin, I guess. Downfall of Paris should be fun.
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