Before studying lesson 3, you must first be proficient at lessons 1 and 2. In lesson 1 you learned how to play and read quarter notes in 4/4 time signature. In lesson 2 you learned how to play and read half notes in 2/4 time signature. In this third lesson you will learn how to play and read dotted half notes in 3/4 time signature.
You will also learn a new exercise for the development of your hand technique and you will learn a new Etude that will summarize all skills learned to date.
You will need the same things that you used for lesson 1 and 2.
Welcome to Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons 3. This is the 3rd lesson in a series of lessons designed to teach snare drumming and note reading. Before you begin taking this lesson be sure to take Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons and Rhythm to Rock Drum Lessons 2. The material presented in this lesson builds on what was learned in the first two lessons.
In this lesson you will learn a new sticking exercise, 3/4 time signature and the dotted half note/rest. You will need a computer, headphones/earbuds, music stand, drum sticks and practice pad/drum. You will also have to download/print several attached files in the lesson. Good luck and be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
Below are some supplemental internet links to information about the content in this lesson.
Exercise 3 is designed to begin teaching four of the many basic drum rudiments. Rudiments are essential hand patterns that drummers use in combination to create rhythms. Line one of the exercise teaches the single stroke roll. Line two teaches the double stroke roll. Line three teaches the paradiddle and line four teaches the triple paradiddle. These rudiments are numbers 1, 6, 16 and 18 respectively in the P.A.S. list of International Drum Rudiments. For more information about rudiments check out the link I have included in this lecture.
You will need your computer, ear buds, sticks, music stand, practice pad/drum and print out of page 32 for this part of the lesson. Page 32 is included in the supplementary material below.
In this video I will teach you how to play Exercise 3 one line at a time. You will need to place the computer next to your practice pad/drum or on your music stand. You will be reading from the video and therefore do not need the print out yet. I will teach the exercise for both right and left handed players. Make sure you pay attention and follow my pencil.
Below are two links to youtube videos that demonstrate the single stroke and double stroke rudiments played from slow to fast to slow. With practice you will be able to play the rudiments like these examples. Take notice of the sticking patterns used in each. Which hand does the person start with? What handed do you think the person is?
In this video we will play Exercise 3 together starting with the right hand. Make sure you have page 32 on your stand, your computer along side your stand and your sticks ready to play. Part of your course assignment is to play along with this video every day for the next week.
Below is a link to a person demonstrating paradiddles played slow-fast-slow.
In this video we will play Exercise 3 together starting with the left hand. Make sure you have page 32 on your stand, your computer along side your stand and your sticks ready to play. Part of your course assignment is to play along with this video every day for the next week.
Below is a link to a person demonstrating triple-paradiddles played slow-fast-slow.
The reading portion of the lesson is for learning how to read new rhythms. Rhythm is universal to music. What you learn in this portion of the lesson can be transferred to ANY musical instrument. Make sure you pay close attention to the lesson and make sure you master the content in this set of videos. In this lesson you will learn to read music in 3/4 time signature. You will learn a new note value called the dotted half note and the equivalent rest. If you learn this page during the first play through, you may not need to practice it again as the following Etude will provide review of the concepts learned in this section.
Download and print page 33 below, you will need it for this section of the course.
In this video I will teach you how to play Lesson 3: Reading. You will need to place the computer next to your practice pad/drum or on your music stand. You will be reading from the video and therefore do not need the print out yet. Make sure you pay attention and follow my pencil. You may start each line with either hand and try to alternate hands as you play. Do not play all with one hand.
I have included a youtube link below. The link is to a video for the patriotic song "My Country Tis' Of Thee..." The song is in 3/4 time signature. As you listen to it, try counting to 3 along with the song. Start counting when the singing starts.
Place page 33 on your stand and get ready to play. In this video we will play through page 33 together.
The Waltz is an old fashion dance that is danced to music in 3/4 time signature. The steps of the dance are grouped in three's. One of the most famous Waltz pieces ever written is The Blue Danube by the Waltz King Richard Strauss. Below is a link to a youtube performance of the classic piece. The waltz picks up nicely around the 1:45 mark. Try counting along in 3.
Etude 3 is an eight line piece of music in 3/4 time signature featuring dotted half notes and dotted half rests. In this section you will learn how to play the Etude so you can practice for mastery. By playing Etude 3 at the mastery level you will show that you have learned all that has been presented so far in the Rhythm to Rock Drum Lesson Series. Pay close attention to the lesson and spend a week practicing Etude 3.
Download and print Etude 3, page 34, below.
In this video I will teach you how to play Etude 3. You will need to place the computer next to your practice pad/drum or on your music stand. You will be reading from the video and therefore do not need the print out yet. Make sure you pay attention and follow my pencil. You may start each line with either hand and try to alternate hands as you play. Do not play all with one hand.
We are at the end of the lesson. In this video I will review what you have learned, give you a practice assignment and advise you on what to do next. I have put a quiz in this section for you to see what you remember from the course.
Remember that practice makes perfect. I have included a link below to a list of tips for being productive when you practice. I hope to see you in Rhythm to Rock Lesson 4.
What have you learned in Lesson 3?
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.