Hi everyone and welcome back to another free beginner drum lesson from Hackney Wick Drum Studio. If you’re looking for more information on one to one drum lessons in London, take a look here. If you missed the previous lesson on the eighth note, you can check that out here. In todays continuation of the Reading Rhythm series, we’ll be taking another step into reading and playing the Eighth note. In this drum class, we'll be looking at examples that contain three pairs of eighth notes within the bar. As with all the lessons so far, a pair of drum sticks and a snare drum/practice pad or any other suitable surface is all you need.
If you studied the previous lesson, you'll know all about how to count the eighth notes now, but as a recap, the first bar would be 1,2 and 3 and 4 and. As always, make sure there's a nice even counting of the eighth notes.
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What becomes particularly important now is the sticking. If you've not heard of 'sticking' before, this refers to which hand is playing which note. As a general rule of thumb, we want each beat to start with a right hand (or if you're a lefty, you would want to reverse this and have the left hand leading). So, the sticking for the first bar would be R, RL,RL,RL. The second bar would be RL,R,RL,RL.
The first four lines of this drum lesson show some different combinations of eighth notes and are perfect for practicing your counting. For the final part of the drum class, there's something different each bar which, if practiced slowly will greatly improve your reading skills.
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