Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 4
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Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 4

Learning to Play Accents and Whole Notes
4.8 (3 ratings)
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Created by Thomas Nelson
Last updated 8/2014
Price: $20
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to play Accents.
  • You will learn how to read and play Whole Notes.
  • You will learn how to read and count Whole Rests
  • You will learn how to read and count the Multi-Measure Rest.
  • You will apply knowledge and skills from 4 lessons to be able to perform a piece of music.
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  • Have finished Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons 1-3
  • Drum pad, drum sticks and music stand.
  • Computer with earphones or buds.
  • Printer to print supplemental materials.

Lesson 4 is a continuation of Lesson 3. In this lesson students will build on prior learned material adding Accents, Whole Notes, Whole Rests and Multi-Measure rests to their knowledge and skill base.

Specifically students will learn to play Accents on a drum. Have you ever heard the song "Wipeout"? It is a famous drum solo from the '60's featuring Accents. In this lesson I begin to teach how to play accents. With time and practice students can expect to someday be able to play like the drummer who played the famous "Wipeout" drum solo.

This lesson will teach the Whole Note. You will learn what a whole note looks like, how it is played and how it is counted. As with all musical notes, the whole note has an equivalent rest, the Whole Rest. The Whole Rest looks a lot like a Half Rest and in this video you will learn how to tell the two apart from each other.

Finally you will learn what a Multi-Measure Rest is including how to count it and what it looks like in a musical piece.

Overall this course is a continuation of Lessons 1-3 providing a long term system for learning to play the drums. You can expect to spend 7-10 days working on this course in order to learn the material at the mastery level.

This course can serve in many ways:

-as a supplement to school band lessons.

-as a supplement to private drum lessons.

-as a private drum instruction system.

-as a collegiate music program secondary instrument learning tool.

-as an introductory drum course for the aspiring late learner (adult).

-as a tool for teaching note reading to the developed drummer who plays by ear.

Do you think playing the drums might be fun? Playing the drums is lots of fun. Sign up for the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson Series to begin learning how to play the drums.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students and adults age 10+
  • Parental guidance recommended for students age 10-14.
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 4
2 Lectures 13:55

Welcome to Lesson 4. In this lesson I will be teaching you how to play accents, whole notes, whole rests and the multi-measure rest. As always, make sure you have worked through the previous Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons before beginning this lesson. Each lesson builds on the last so you may be confused by material in this lesson if you haven't played the first three.

Below are all of the downloads you will need for the lesson. Please download and print them so you can use them in the lesson. I have also included a picture of my son practicing. Look at the picture and make sure your practice set up looks like his: computer on left, music stand in front, ear buds in!

I will include several internet links in the course to reinforce your learning. Make sure you spend some time looking at them.

Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance with your learning.


Preview 01:06

In this video I will explain all of the new content in this lesson. The new content requires you to have some basic knowledge so that you can later apply the knowledge to the new skills that you need to learn in this lesson. Remember that playing a musical instrument requires you to learn both knowledge and skills. Below are a few internet links where you can find more information about the new content in this lesson.

Also in this video I will provide you with a plan for getting the most out of the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons. An organized approach to learning and practice tips can help you learn faster and more thoroughly. Check out the links below on this!

Preview 12:49
Exercise 4
3 Lectures 24:50

Make sure you download and print page 36. Page 36 is Exercise 4 - Accents. In this video I explain how to play the Exercise. Pay close attention to this video as it is very important for you to learn to play accents correctly.

Exercise 4 Explained

In this video you will learn how to play each line of Exercise 4. I will also review proper stick grip. Make sure you are holding your sticks correctly and check out some of the supplemental links below for a better understanding of stick grip.

Note: I teach the grip called "Matched Grip". You will see some drummers who play "Traditional Grip". The links below explain both grips and compare the two. I prefer that you play "Matched Grip", however if your school program is teaching traditional then feel free to play that way. The last link is a great video of The Blue Devils Drumline playing for an audience. Look for the players using both grips. Also check out the stick heights for accented notes vs. non-accented notes, good stuff!

Learn to Play Exercise 4

In this video you will learn to play Exercise 4 as an exercise. Make sure you can play each line of the exercise without a mistake before starting this video. Be sure that your accents are louder than your non-accented notes. Remember to think about stick height: An accent starts from 12 inches or more and a non-accent starts from 3 inches. Once you learn how to play the exercise in this video, practice the exercise as an exercise everyday when you practice.

The links below contain more information about the Rondo Form. The Beethoven video breaks down the rondo form of a classic Beethoven Piano piece. I have also included a link to the famous song "Wipeout" which is a drumming classic featuring a drum solo with accents. Check out how the drummer uses accents to make the single stroke roll sound so much more interesting, so much more that it has become famous! Accents are so important for the creative and musical drummer!

Playing Exercise 4
Lesson 4: Reading Lesson
2 Lectures 22:05

In this video I will teach you how to read page 37. Page 37 introduces the dotted half note in 4/4 time signature and then eventually teaches the whole note and whole rest. This page is not difficult to play and should also be easily understood. Use this video to learn how to play and count each line on the page.

Here is a link with more information on whole notes. The second link explains whole, half and quarter notes.

Whole Notes and Rests

Get ready to play! In this lesson I will play down page 37 for you. You may listen and watch. You may point to the notes as I play. You may jump right in and play along. Make sure that you eventually play the page once with me and once again on your own. When playing on your own be sure to go slowly and count out loud with a steady beat.

Playing the Reading Lesson
Etude 4
4 Lectures 23:24

In this video you will learn to play Etude 4A. Use the video to learn how to read the etude. Follow the pencil. This etude is not difficult, try playing along right away!

Below is a link to a piece that has multi-measure rests in it. The piece is called The New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak. It is a very famous piece of orchestra music written about the composers visit to America. The page in the link shows the percussion part which I have had the pleasure of playing with a local orchestra. Notice all of the multi-measure rests. Orchestral percussion music is often full of multi-measure rests.

Reading Etude 4A

After a quick review of knowledge this video will provide you with an opportunity to play Etude 4A with me. Watch, listen, or play along. Make sure you practice Etude 4A on your own everyday this week at least once. Remember to go slow and count out loud.

.........and don't forget to download page 38 for the etudes.

Etude 4A Play Through

Etude 4B is the most challenging etude in my book so far. It is challenging because it demands that your brain processes two different information signals at once. Have you ever tried to take directions from two different people at the same time? "Slow down, one at a time please!" is what you may think to yourself. Well that is exactly what you will need to do to be successful with Etude 4B! Slow down and one at a time. In this video I will break down the etude for you so that you can practice rhythm alone, separate accents and then put the two together. You will need to practice slowly and be patient. In other words, don't give up.

As you will see in the video, writing in the counts and highlighting the accents will help you. Make sure you have a pencil and a highlighter with you.

Use this video to learn HOW to play the etude then practice on your own for awhile before going on to the next video where we can play the etude together. Good Luck!

Remember that to play fast you must practice perfectly slow over and over again!

Reading Etude 4B

After a quick review of knowledge this video will provide you with an opportunity to play Etude 4B with me. Watch, listen, or play along. Make sure you practice Etude 4B on your own everyday this week at least once. Remember to go slow and count out loud as this is a difficult etude.

Etude 4B Play Through
The End of the Lesson
1 Lecture 03:19

In this video I will review everything that you have learned, give practice advice, assignments for the week and ideas for what to do next.

Ideally you should practice at the same time everyday for 20 minutes.

I have included a link for a downloadable practice chart. Download and print the chart. Keep track of your daily practice and try to make a "streak" of days practicing. Good Luck!

The last link is a youtube video of the legendary jazz drummer Gene Krupa playing the famous jazz standard "Sing, Sing, Sing" with the Benny Goodman Big Band. Check out the classic accent pattern he uses to establish the groove for this great song, WOW!

Review, Assignments and What's Next

Use this quiz to review the knowledge that you gained from this lesson.

Lesson 4 Review
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About the Instructor
Thomas Nelson
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Professional Educator and Drummer

Tom Nelson has been teaching drums and music for over 20 years. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education along with a letter of endorsement in Instructional Coaching. He has been teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Pennsylvania for the last 20 years and is an Adjunct Percussion Faculty member at Bucknell University. He maintains a private drum lesson studio and is sought after as a clinician and guest speaker. He is a member of the Vic Firth Private Instructor Team and the author of his own method book "Nelson's Great Big Drum Book".

In addition to his collegiate studies, Tom has studied drumming under the late world renown jazz drummer Joe Morello.

As a performer Tom has performed on numerous independent recordings including several that have been featured on The Weather Channel. He works with The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and several local groups ranging in styles from rock to jazz to country. He is also the drummer for the National/Regional Fleetwood Mac Tribute "Tusk" performing all over the Northeast area of the country.

In his free time Tom enjoys volunteer coaching soccer for local teams that his kids play on. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.