Percussion Technique

Unit I: Introduction

Traditional vs. Matched Grip and their applications

Nomenclature of the parts of the Snare Drum

Music Theory Basics of Meter & Rhythm

Time Signatures: Beat, Meter, and Rhythm

Common Note & Rest Values (Duration)

Using a Metronome

Unit 2: Half notes, Quarter Notes & Rests in 4/4

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Introduction to the Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Developing Rudimentary Skills: Paradiddle (Stick Control)

Unit 3: Paired Eights, Quarter Notes & Rests in 4/4

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Combination Studies w/ Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Developing Rudimentary Skills: Basic Flams in 2/4 and 4/4

Unit 4: Using the single eighth notes and rest in 4/4

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Combination Studies w/ Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Unit 5: Dotted Half Notes and Dotted Quarter Notes

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Introduction to the Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Introduction to the Drum Set: Basic Rock Groove

Unit 6: 4 Sixteenths, Paired Eighths and Quarter Notes & Rests

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Combination Studies w/ Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Developing Rudimentary Skills: Flams

Unit 7: Permutations of the Sixteenth Figure 1 +a vs. 1e +

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Combination Studies w/ Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Developing Rudimentary Skills: Flams the connect to sixteenth note figures

Unit 7: Roll Rudiments

Exercises, Etudes, and Solos

Combination Studies w/ Bass Drum

Counting Practice in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

Developing Rudimentary Skills: 5 Stroke, 9 Stroke, 13 Stroke & 17 Stroke Rolls

Unit 8: Using Auxiliary Percussion

Claves, Wood block and Temple Blocks

Triangle, Jingle Bells, Cowbells, Gankogui & Agogo Bells

Cymbals: Crash, Suspended, Ride, Hi-Hat, Finger

Tambourines & Frame Drums

Shakers, Rattles, and Maracas

Sound Effect Instruments: Vibraslap, Whip, Ratchet, Flex-atone, Bird Whistle, Sirens, Anvil & Hammer

Unit 8: Intro to West African Drumming

The Significance of Drumming in West African Culture

Hand Technique: Bass, Tone, Slap

Traditional Patterns and Ensemble Pieces

Gahu, the Ewe Tradition