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The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

Larry Crowe, Drummer, Percussionist

The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

Larry Crowe, Drummer, Percussionist

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21 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Preview The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      0:43
    • 2. Introduction The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      1:32
    • 3. Helpful Tips The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      3:30
    • 4. About the PDF The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      1:29
    • 5. Accents The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      1:20
    • 6. Accents at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      5:42
    • 7. Accents at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      4:12
    • 8. Accents at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      3:23
    • 9. Double Strokes The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      0:48
    • 10. Double Strokes at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      5:34
    • 11. Double Strokes at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      4:13
    • 12. Double Strokes at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      3:22
    • 13. Buzz Strokes The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      1:45
    • 14. Buzz Strokes at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      5:36
    • 15. Buzz Strokes at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      4:10
    • 16. Buzz Strokes at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      3:23
    • 17. Flams The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      0:46
    • 18. Flams at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      5:37
    • 19. Flams at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      4:11
    • 20. Flams at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      3:25
    • 21. Conclusion The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout

      0:17
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The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout is a video course created to help drummers increase their technical facility. Once these sixty individual exercises are learned, they can be put together to create a very powerful drumming workout. Developing hands, fingers and wrists is crucial for a drummer and is the basis for a lot of what we do on the drums. If you want to strengthen your paradiddle, accents, double strokes, buzz strokes and flams, this course is for you. By working through this course you will also improve your concentration, focus and confidence. This course focuses on the snare drum but will greatly enhance your drum set playing also.

Students should already have some prior experience with the snare drum, sticking patterns like the single paradiddle, accents, double strokes, buzz strokes and flams. You should also be able to read drum music or notation.

A pdf of all the exercises is included in the course.

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Larry Crowe

Drummer, Percussionist

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Professional Drummer, Percussionist and Instructor

Larry Crowe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has been playing the drums since the age of thirteen. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from York University, Toronto, Canada. In 1983 he received a grant from the Canada Council to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Larry has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and throughout Asia. He has performed and recorded in many musical settings and with various artists like Grammy Award winner Patti Austin (R&B/Jazz), Grammy Nominated Ron Korb (World Music), Juno Award winner Robert Michaels (Latin Jazz), Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance), Jesse Gress (Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin Band), John Hawken (Ren... See full profile

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1. Preview The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Hi and welcome to the periodontal snare drum work in. This course will teach you a fun and challenging hand workout that will greatly benefit your snare drum playing and your drum set one. My name is Larry crow and I've been drumming for well over 40 years. And I'll be your instructor. I created this course or workout to help develop your hands and risks. Sharpen your focus and concentration and to build your drumming confidence. This course is designed for drummers who already have some experience with basic rudiments, notation and sticking. So grab your sticks and let's get started. 2. Introduction The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Hi and welcome to a fun and challenging snare drum workout. This is a great warm up or workout routine that really works on your paradigm. Your double strokes, your Buzz strokes, your accents, and your flames. There's 60 exercises in total divided into four sections. So we're going to work on each section separately. And then the ultimate goal is to be able to run these exercises from one to 60 all the way through, maybe four times or eight times each. And create a workout or a routine that you can use to get your hands and your drumming sounded great. So the basic structure we're using is the periodontal, which I'm sure you're familiar with. And that is right, left, right, right, left, right, left, left. And from the structure, we are going to do some different things to the single strokes of the periodontal. Okay, we're going to use accents. We're going to use double strokes. We're going to use Buzz strokes and we're going to use flaps. So you should have some experience already with the snare drum. You understand some rudiments, accents, double strokes, buzz jokes, clams, and sticking patterns. So for this course, you will need some drumsticks. And to practice pad or a snare drum. And a love of drumming, Of course. 3. Helpful Tips The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay, some helpful tips are things to think about, okay, a couple of things. First of all, you can practice these on a practice pad or on a snare drum, and I give some examples of both. In the video, you're going to notice there's a real difference between I've drum practice pad and a snare drum. The feel is different, the sound is different. Okay, and how you approach both of those surfaces is different as well. So remember, stick heights are really important when you're playing accents. You want to bring that stick up, okay, on either hand. And that will help to bring the sound out either on the snare drums or the practice pad. With a double strokes. At first. If you're playing at a slower tempo, you can, you know, use risk strokes to play those doubles. But eventually, once you start to increase your speed, you're going to use rebound on each of your sticks. Okay? So sending the stick down, getting some rebound from the surface and, you know, using some fingers to pick the stick back up again. Okay. When you're playing Buzz strokes, keep the sticks low. You know, apply a little bit of pressure on each hand and get that nice buzz sound. With flames. Stick heights, really important. You know, the grace notes should be played really low and the fundamental or primary stroke should be played high. Okay? And again, if you're playing them slowly, you can really exaggerate the sticking. But of course, once you start picking up the speed, and you'll have to bring the sticks down a little bit lower, but you still want to maintain that idea. Another tip is listen, listen to the sound that you're getting. That's really important. You're not only training your hands here, but you're also training your ears to hear the result. Are my accent's loud enough? Are they standing out? Are my buzz strokes, smooth? The double strokes and even do my flam sound even. Okay, so not only are you thinking about your hand position and accents and bus drugs and all that. But you should be thinking about what kind of sound you're getting. That's really important. Okay, let's talk a little bit about tempo and speed. I would encourage you to start slowly and work your way up and always work at a comfortable speed. You know, eventually you're going to get better and better at these exercises. But you always want to work at a speed that you're comfortable. You're getting a good sound. You could strive to play these exercises faster and faster. On the video, we start at 90 beats per minute and we work away up to 150 beats per minute. But you can go beyond that. And that could be a goal of viewers. But I would encourage you to not make it your only goal. You want to make these exercises sound great, and you never want to sacrifice control for speed. Practice these exercises slowly and gradually work your way up in speed. The speed will come naturally if you're doing the exercises right, you're applying all the right techniques. You're thinking about your accents, you're stick heights, et cetera. You know, practicing slowly and correctly is the best way to improve your speed. 4. About the PDF The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: There's a PDF that goes along with this course, okay? And it has all the examples in it that you'll see in the video. And I would suggest practicing each one of them separately until you're really comfortable. You know, in the first section, work on the accents, work on the first 15, get comfortable with them, then try to put them into a routine. The double strokes, same thing, work on each one separately. The buzz strokes, the clamps. You know, you may have, you may have great plans, but you may have difficulty with the accents. So the idea is you want to get comfortable with all the material and be able to put this into a routine or into this work. And also on the PDF, I have a different set of sticking. Okay, I'm a right-handed drummer and I started these exercises mostly with my right hand. Of course you're working out your right and your left hand equally in these exercises. But your predominantly starting with the right-hand. So what I've done is I've flipped the sticking. So you can also start these exercises leading with your left hand. Now if you're left-handed drummer, that'll be pretty natural for you. The right-handed lead will be a little more challenging for you. And if you're a right-handed drummer like I am, the left-hand lead is quite challenging. Now I didn't record any of these, but they're there for you to do. And I really recommend that you practice leading, you know, doing these exercises, leading with the right hand and then leading with the left hand. 5. Accents The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: So this first section, we're going to look at accents, and we're going to put accents on the single strokes of the periodontal, okay? Of which there are 15 different examples. And at first you might want to just practice each of the 15 separately just to get comfortable with them. But ultimately, you want to be able to put them altogether, maybe do them four times each, and then move on to the next one, or possibly eight times each. In the examples that I play, I do the mate times each. Okay? So a little tip about these accents. What you wanna do is be conscious of your stick heights. Okay? So when you're playing the accents, you know the sticks should be higher. The other notes, the quieter notes, the sticks should be lower, okay, whatever hand you're doing, an accent with, that sticks should be higher. It depends, of course, on tempo. The faster the tempo, you'll probably find that your sticks are getting a little closer to the drum pad or the drum. But you know, basically you still want to be able to bring those accents out. And the best way to do that is to, you know, kind of exaggerate your sticking pattern. So in the examples that I play, you'll notice that there's some notation and the exercises listed. And there's also a countdown to let you know where you are in the exercise. 6. Accents at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: So this first example that I'm going to play is at 90 beats per minute, 1234. Okay, how did we do? Did we get from one to 15 without making any mistakes? 7. Accents at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Now let us draw these 120 beats per minute. 1234. No. Okay. 8. Accents at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Now let's try it on the snare drum at 150 beats per minute. 1234. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. 9. Double Strokes The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay, section number two involves some double strokes. Ok, so we are double stroking the single strokes of the periodontal, okay, and that adds an interesting challenge to these exercises. Okay, so like I stated before, practice each 1 first, get comfortable with them and then start to put them together in a routine. And okay, there's two approaches to these double strokes. If you're working on this exercise really slowly at first, just getting comfortable with it. You can probably play those quick double strokes with risks strokes, okay? But the faster the tempo goes, You're going to want to start to use rebound off your drum pad or your snare drum. 10. Double Strokes at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: She knows and double strokes exercises 16 to 3090 beats per minute and drew group four. Okay. Okay. 11. Double Strokes at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay. 120 beats per minute. 1234. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. 12. Double Strokes at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: And now on the snare drum, 150 beats per minute, 1234. Okay. Okay. So okay. 13. Buzz Strokes The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay, section three, we're using buzz or multiple bounce strokes on the single strokes of the periodontal. Okay, and again, this adds for another kind of challenge. Now to play these, you may have to really bring your sticks close to the drum pad or the snare drum. Ok. And at this point, I also want to mention that there's a real difference between a practice pad and a snare drum. The field is completely different, so I recommend that you practice on both practice pad and the snare drum. And the sound will be different. Okay, so when you're playing a practice pat and you're playing Buzz drugs, for example. You really have to muscle them out quite a bit on a snare drum. Not so much. You've got the sound of the drum, the sound of the snares to really help you get that nice legato or buzz stroke kind of sound. Now the other thing about Buzz strokes is you can play them a really tight or really loose. Now what do I mean by that? Well, orchestral players or symphony percussionist play these rules very quietly and very tightly. Ok? And drum set players can tend to play them a little bit looser, okay? Or if you listened to any New Orleans music, you'll hear those drummers playing Buzz strokes with a really loose feel. Ok, so there's two ways you could play these. Really tight or really loose. It's sort of a personal choice and up to U. So again, there's 15 examples. Practice each of them separately until you're comfortable putting them all together. Maybe doing them four times or eight times each. Until you can run all 15 of the examples. 14. Buzz Strokes at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay, let's draw those both strokes, exercises 31 to 45, and we'll start at 90 beats per minute. 12 through four. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. 15. Buzz Strokes at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Ok, now at 120 beats per minute, 234. Okay. Right. Right. Right. Okay. 16. Buzz Strokes at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Now on the snare at 150 beats per minute. 1234. Okay. This completes the proof. You see. Okay. 17. Flams The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Ok, and finally the fourth section, lamps. We are going to flam all of the single strokes, okay? And again, 15 examples and practice them separately. And then eventually when you're comfortable, put them together. Now, like the buzz strokes, Everyone has a little bit of a different take on flam. Some people like to play them really tightly. Some people like to play them really loose. I like to, I like an open flam. It creates a bigger sound for me. It's just the way I like to play them. And, but it's really up to you. And of course, there'll be different on a drum pad or in a snare drum as well. Okay. 18. Flams at 90 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Okay, now some flames exercises 46 to 60 and will try those first 90 beats per minute. 1234. Okay. No. Okay. No. Okay. Right. 19. Flams at 120 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Ok, now at 120 beats per minute, 1234. Okay. 20. Flams at 150 bpm The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: And now on the snare drum, 150 beats per minute. 1234. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. 21. Conclusion The Paradiddle Snare Drum Workout: Well congratulations, you've reached the end of the course. I hope you learned a few things along the way. And I encourage you to continue practicing and striving to be the best drummer that you can be. Take care and we'll see you next time.