• Jack Howson

Snare Drum Practice - Beginners Drum Lesson

For todays bonus drum blog I've prepared a short drum lesson incorporating everything we've learned so far in the Quarter Note and Eighth Note lessons. It's combination exercise,

with a few tricky bits thrown in to help you really understand those rests!


It starts off relatively easy, the first 8 bars or so don't contain too many rests, but the further through the chart you go, the more you'll have to rely on your counting to enable you to play it through correctly.


Like I always say, start this exercise slowly, maybe 50 BPM for this one while you're working through the bars. Set yourself realistic goals, maybe four bars per day until you get a real understanding of the note values and their equivalent rests. Be patient with this, even practicing ten minutes a day will make a huge difference in understanding the different note values.


USEFUL HINT - As I haven't added any counting to this one, try printing it out so you can mark the counts down yourself in pencil. Start by working out and writing in where beats

1-2-3-4 fall (and remember, a beat can fall on a rest). After you've worked out those, go back through your chosen section again and add in the "&'s".


I've included a play along video with this exercise so if you're in any doubt, you can see what I'm doing and work out any problems you have from there.


If you have any questions or you need any help, please leave me a message in the comments below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.







As always, if you're looking for Drum Lessons in London, you can always book a lesson over on my website. I'm still offering free taster sessions, so why not come down and give it a try.


Let me know how you get on, and once you've completed this bonus introductory drum lesson, why not have a look at the eighth note triplet lesson.


Happy drumming


Jack

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