Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson 6 is a continuation of Lesson 5 and the end of Unit 1. In this lesson you will learn how to play Flams. Flams are drum rudiments that are often used in marching drumline music. You will also learn how to play a duet which is a piece of music for two players and finally you will learn two advanced exercises that will develop your hand technique for rolls and flams.
Specifically students will learn to play Flams on a drum. Have you ever watched a military squad march? You may have heard a member of the group saying "Left, Left, Left Right Left". With the presence of a drummer, the voice will be replaced by a drummer playing what is called taps and many drummers play flams as taps.
A duet is music for two players. This video will teach you to play your first duet. Playing duets requires skills that you will need to have when preparing to play in a band.
For advanced learning this lesson includes two new exercises that will develop your hand skills.
Overall this course is a continuation of Lessons 1-5 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.
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Welcome to Lesson 6. Lesson 6 is the last lesson from Unit 1 in my book, "Nelson's Great Big Drum Book". My book has three units in all covering everything that you need to know to begin playing drums in a band.
Before starting this lesson make sure you have played lessons 1-5. 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 pages 43-44 and 46-47, 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!
In this video I will provide you with the knowledge that you need to be successful playing the rest of the lesson. Knowledge is things that you know in your mind. Skills are things that your body can do as commanded by the mind. Playing an instrument requires both knowledge and skills. You can not play music that your brain does not understand. Pay close attention to this video so that you have the knowledge needed for the rest of the lesson.
The first link included is to wikipedia's explanation of grace notes. Take a look at the picture of grace notes. Grace notes for a drummer are called Flams. You don't need to read the entire article.
The second link takes you to a perfect definition of a Flam. It is the second definition on the page.
The third link is the definition of Duet according to wikipedia.
If you are in a school music program and will soon be playing the Bass Drum, check out the fourth link for basic Bass Drum lessons.
Finally, the fifth link is to a pair of college students playing a percussion duet on various drums. Notice how they are not always playing at the same time! Very well done!
Page 43-Exercise 6 introduces Flams. You will learn how to play Flams then how to play each line of Exercise 6. I have not included a play along video because this is an exercise that will be best learned by practicing on your own. The video will teach you everything that you need to know. It is up to you to practice the exercise daily to become proficient at it. I recommend that once you learn how to play each line, you practice the exercise by playing it in a Rondo form in the same way you practiced Exercise 4: Line 1, Line 2, Line 1, Line 3, Line 1, Line 4, Line 1, Line 5. If by the end of a weeks practice you can play Exercise 6 as a rondo without mistakes, you will be in a good place!
Remember: Work slowly, and be patient. Also try to avoid Flat Flams.
Check out the links for more help learning to play Flams.
In this video lesson I will teach you how to play the top part (A Part) of Duet 1. Make sure you have downloaded page 44 and have it on your stand. You will need a pencil and a highlighter. The music is not difficult to play.
This is a play-along video. Make sure you are comfortable playing the A Part before starting this video. This video can and should be used as a tool for practicing but make sure you also practice the A Part on your own. Later in the course you will be directed back to this video to play along with it on the B Part.
In this video lesson I will teach you how to play the bottom part (B Part) of Duet 1. Make sure you have downloaded page 44 and have it on your stand. You may highlight the bottom part in a different color. The music is not difficult to play, in fact it is an easier part than the A Part is. Use the video to learn how to play the part so that you can play it with me in the next video.
This is a play-along video. Make sure you are comfortable playing the B Part before starting this video. This video can and should be used as a tool for practicing but make sure you also practice the B Part on your own. Later in the course you will be directed back to this video to play along with it on the A Part.
I have changed the sound of my drum in this video so that when we play as a duet later, we will have different sounding instruments.
This video contains some helpful tips for playing Duet 1. Before you go on to the next video make sure you watch this video for some important advice. The hardest part of playing a duet is always NOT being confused or distracted by the person playing the other part. Playing duets requires extreme focus. Use this video to help yourself be successful in the next video.
The link below is to a good article outlining tips for playing piano duets. These same concepts apply to any instruments for duet playing.
Assignment: Play Duet 1 as a duet.
Go back to Lecture 5. Open the video and go to the :45 second mark. When you start the video, I will be playing the A Part. Try playing along on the B Part so that we are playing the duet as a duet together. Remember that the B Part starts with 4 beats of rest while the A Part plays. Make sure you count out loud with me while playing. Practice until you can play the duet as a duet with me perfectly to the end.
Go back to Lecture 7. Open the video and go to the :50 second mark. When you start the video, I will be playing the B Part. Try playing along on the A Part so that we are playing the duet as a duet together. Remember that the A Part starts immediately after I say "GO" while the B Part rests. Make sure you count out loud with me while playing. Practice until you can play the duet as a duet with me perfectly to the end.
Below is another link to tips for playing duets. Much of it is about piano but there are a few tips in there that apply to all instruments and may help you.
I also included a link to a video featuring two high school students playing a fun marching drum duet together.
Instrumentalists talk about quality of "Tone" on their instrument. Drummers talk about quality of "Rolls" on their instrument. It is very important that you work to develop nice sounding Buzz Strokes so that when you begin to learn the drum roll, your "Roll" has a good quality sound.
This video offers Exercise 5B-More Buzz Strokes. The purpose of the video is to provide you with more practice on buzz strokes. Practice the exercise along with Exercise 6 this week. As you practice make sure your taps sound like taps and your buzzes sound like buzzes.
You will need page 46 for this video.
As you watch the video I will explain that some of the lines in Exercise 5B represent slow versions of common drum roll rudiments. I have included links to the rudiments below if you would like to explore them in more detail.
I have shown you some examples of marching drummers in the links that I have included. Marching drummers are masters of drum rudiments. There are 40 International drum rudiments of which 11 are flam rudiments. Exercise 6B begins to teach six of those flam rudiments.
As you work through this video be patient. Spend time working one line at a time for mastery. Mastery means you can play a line four times in a row without a mistake. Eventually when you are good at all six lines you can practice the page as an exercise by playing straight down the page.
Work slowly as it is MOST important that you train your hands to play correctly. Practice this exercise every day along with Exercise 6 and 5B.
Below is a link to the Vic Firth 40 International Rudiments page. Find the flam rudiments and click on any one that you want to learn more about it. All of the flam rudiments in this video are there.
The second link shows you the Penn State drum line. In this clip the drummers are playing accents, rolls and flams! Lots of fun!
You are at the end of Lesson 6 and the end of Unit 1! This video will review what you learned in this lesson. I will also provide your practice assignments for the week. Remember that daily practice for 20 minutes or more is best.
After one week of practice, come back to this course and watch the last video. In the last video I will provide you with some tips on how to get more out of the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson Series.
I leave you with a link to a video featuring the greatest jazz drummer of all time, Buddy Rich!
Did you practice your Lesson 6 assignments for one week?
It is a good time to review all of the things that you have learned in the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson Series so far. By that I mean, let's look at the important stuff you learned in lessons 1-6.
In this video I provide some ideas for reviewing what you know. Make sure you have all of your downloads from all of the lessons. Spend a week reviewing as assigned in this video before going on to Lesson 7 in Unit 2.
What do you remember from all that you have learned in six lessons?
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.