Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 5
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Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 5

Learning to play the drum roll and new time signatures.
5.0 (3 ratings)
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Created by Thomas Nelson
Last updated 8/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Playing the Buzz Stroke
  • 5/4 Time Signature
  • 6/4 Time Signature
  • 7/4 Time Signature
  • Mixed Meter
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  • Computer and Printer
  • Music Stand
  • Drum Sticks
  • Drum or Drum Pad
  • Earphones or Buds
  • Pencil and Highlighter
  • Having Played Rhythm to Rock Lessons 1-4

Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 5 is a continuation of Lesson 4. In this lesson you will learn how to play the Buzz Stroke. The Buzz Stroke is the stroke used to play drum rolls. You will also learn to play in three new time signatures and you will learn to play an etude in mixed meter.

Specifically students will learn to play Buzz Strokes on a drum. Have you ever heard the expression "Drum roll please!"? The first step in learning to play the ever so popular drum roll is to learn how to play a Buzz Stroke. In this lesson I begin to teach how to play the Buzz Stroke. With time and practice students can expect to someday be able to play................ "Drum roll please!".................................

This lesson will teach three new time signatures. So far you have learned to play music in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. This lesson will explore 5/4, 6/4 and 7/4. Can you count to 7?

Finally you will learn what mixed meter is including how to count it and what it looks like in a musical piece as you tackle the most challenging etude in my book, Etude 5!

Overall this course is a continuation of Lessons 1-4 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 who have played Rhythm to Rock Lessons 1-4.
  • Students 10-14 with parental guidance.
  • Students 10 and up.
  • Students looking for school lesson reinforcement.
  • Home school students looking for quality drum lessons.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 5
2 Lectures 10:52

Welcome to Lesson 5. Before starting this lesson make sure you have played lessons 1-4. This lesson will build on the knowledge and skills that you learned in those lessons. If you are not comfortable with the material in those lessons you may find this lesson to be confusing.

I have included all downloads for this lesson here. Please download page 40-41, print them and have them on your music stand for learning. I have also posted a photo of my son practicing the Rhythm to Rock Lesson Series. Notice the way he is set up.

Good luck and remember to have fun!

Preview 01:07

In this video I will go over what you will learn in this lesson. The video provides the knowledge that you will need to be able to play the rest of the lesson. Make sure you pay close attention to the information in this video.

It is very important that you spend time working through the entire video course first then spending one week practicing the assignments.

I have included a few links for more information about the new material in this lesson.


Preview 09:45
Exercise 5: Buzz Strokes
2 Lectures 16:04

In this video you will learn how to play the Buzz Stroke. Pay close attention to the instructions and be patient as you work to develop your own Buzz Stroke. Make sure you can play a Buzz Stroke with each hand before going on to the next video.

In the link below you will see another explanation of how to play a Buzz/Bounce Stroke. The teacher uses his thumb which is another way to accomplish success with the Buzz Stroke. Playing with the thumb is not recommended, eventually try to play palms down using your fingers for the pressure. It is still a good explanation though and the first half of the video may be of assistance to you.

Preview 05:47

Get ready to play! In this video you will learn to play page 40-Exercise 5. Make sure you can play Buzz Strokes with both hands before starting this video. When you have learned the page, practice by playing straight down the page on your own.

The link is to a version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by the US Marine Band. The instrumental version typically starts with a drum roll. Notice the opening drum roll featuring Buzz Strokes, a classic example of the drum roll!

Learn to Play Exercise 5
Lesson 5: Reading Lesson
2 Lectures 19:26

In this video you will learn how to read the first six lines on page 41. Each line is to played as a line. The lines are not meant to be played consecutively. Before you start this video, look at the page and look through each line. Do you see the new time signatures? Accents? Buzz Strokes?

Make sure you have a highlighter and a pencil. Be ready to play along with the video.

-Back in the "old days" there was a great TV show called "Mission Impossible". The theme song is in 5/4 time signature. Check it out and see if you can count to 5 with the music.

-I also included a link to the famous Dave Brubeck jazz tune "Take Five" which is also in 5/4.

Reading in New Time Signatures

In this video we will play the six reading lines on page 41 together. Make sure you are comfortable counting in the new time signatures. These lines are very important if you want to be successful learning Etude 5.

Because 5/4 and 7/4 are "Odd" time signatures on top, there is not a lot of popular music written in those time signatures. "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel is a great example of 7/4 in pop music.

Playing the Reading Lesson
Etude 5
2 Lectures 14:44

Etude 5 is a very challenging etude. You will need to count out loud and change your counting according to the time signatures. You will also have to play Accents and Buzz Strokes. Take your time working through this video before going on to the next video. Watch the video and play along as much as possible so that you can play the etude perfectly.

You will need a pencil and highlighter for this video.

I have included a link to a short fun video on peripheral vision. Use of peripheral vision can greatly help in reading music successfully, enjoy!

Learning Etude 5

This video is a play through of Etude 5. Make sure you have worked on the etude enough so that you can play with me in this video. Your assignment for the week is to practice Etude 5 on your own for perfection. Make sure you practice slowly and count out loud. If you can play Etude 5 perfectly on your own then you will be able to show mastery of all concepts in the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson series thus far. Good Luck and remember to be patient!

Playing Etude 5
The End of the Lesson
1 Lecture 03:39

What did you learn?

Lesson 5 Quiz
10 questions

This is the end of the lesson. Make sure you spend a week practicing the assignments in this lesson as assigned. After one week of practice sign up for Lesson 6. Lesson 6 is the last lesson in Unit 1 and teaches Flams and Duets. Good luck this week!

Check out the link to an impressive drum solo featuring drum rolls.

Final Thoughts and Assigments
About the Instructor
Thomas Nelson
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21 Reviews
163 Students
7 Courses
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.