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Each exercise comes with a PDF download and YouTube link for play-a-long videos for snare, tenor, and mallets. PDF’s and YouTube links will be emailed within 24 hours of purchase.
Beginner Exercise Bundle
This bundle includes the following exercises: Sixteen on a Hand, The Block, Accent Tap, Single Stroke Rolls, Double Beat, Chop Candy, Sweet Sixteen, Trip Up.
Sixteen on a Hand by Michael Beauclerc
“Sixteen on a Hand” is the first exercise an ensemble should play to begin each rehearsal to warm up the drummers’ muscles and focus their listening skills. It is two measures of eighth notes on each hand. Ensembles can learn this exercise four measures at a time, repeating them and adding next four measures as the ensemble improves. As they make their way to the end of the exercise, drummers learn dynamic control and melodic movement through the drums. Mallets are performing quarter note octaves following the “circle of fourths”. (C F Bb Eb Ab Db Gb B E A D G C…)
The Block by Michael Beauclerc
“The Block” is a sixteenth not exercise to help drummers develop both the basic rhythms and the correct “stickings” (rights & lefts). A diminuendo and crescendo are included in the ending for development of stick height transitions and general dynamic change. Mallets follow the same rhythms and move through a major triad. Performers can begin with everything on ”C” and add melody as they develop skills.
Accent Tap by Michael Beauclerc
Accented strokes are loud and played at a full height. Tap strokes are quiet and played at a very low height. “Accent Tap” is a two-height exercise for drummers to practice transitions from one to another. Most patterns are two measures long and performed with the right hand only and repeated again with the left. Measure nine begins different accent patterns for each of the instruments before returning to unison pattern for the ending. Mallets play a major scale progression followed by simple chords in the same rhythm as the bass drum, and then a faster scale run. Performers can change key following the circle of fourths after “C” is mastered.
Single Stroke Rolls by Michael Beauclerc
“Single Stroke Rolls” is also known as a “short short long” A short pattern that is repeated, and then a longer version of the same pattern. The sticking of this exercises is simply alternating from left to right, and as the exercise becomes faster, the drummers are performing a single stroke roll. Tenor drummers can begin playing on drum “2” only and add the melodic movement as they improve. Mallets follow the same ensemble rhythm with a “C” scale melody.
Double Beat by Michael Beauclerc
“Double Beat” is a modern adaptation of a classic double stroke exercise. Double strokes are two consecutive strokes played on the same hand at a full height. It begins with the snares and basses playing the double stroke melody while the tenors play a sixteenth note supporting rhythm. Later the instrumentation rolls are reversed. This teaches the drummers to understand how to control the rebound and tempo of the double strokes so they stay in time with the sixteenth note rhythm. As the exercise continues more instruments are added to help create an exciting dynamic growth, culminating in “double stops” (both right and left hand striking at the same time) for the snares and tenors. Mallets play the sixteenth note supporting rhythm in a “c” scale, and then join the ensemble rhythm with chords.
Chop Candy by Michael Beauclerc
“Chop Candy” is a more advanced version of our original “Accent and Tap” exercise. Accented strokes are loud and played at a full height. Tap strokes are quiet and played at a very low height. “Chop Candy” is a two-height exercise for drummers to practice transitions from one to another. Each pattern is two measures long, and performed with the right hand only, repeated, and then again with the left. Each instrument plays a different pattern from one another to create a fun groove for the both drummers and an audience. Mallets play a “C” major scale in thirds. Note heads in brackets are performed the first time only.
Sweet Sixteen by Michael Beauclerc
“Sweet 16” is a sixteenth accent grid pattern, and it is the sibling exercise to “Trip Up”. Accents are moved sequentially through each of the sixteenth note partials. And the mallets move the accent note through the chord progression This is followed by a loud 2/4 unison measure for a dynamic change. The final measure of eighth note for the snares and tenors can be played with a “Taiko” technique. Each player is randomly assigned different eighth partials to play. As on hand strikes the drum, the other hand lifts over the head. This results in a fun slow motion looking visual, with the full audio of the measure of eighth notes.
Trip Up by Michael Beauclerc
“Trip Up” is an introduction to grid patterns. This one is built in a triplet rhythm, and the accents are moving sequentially through each of the “inner beats” or “partials” – creating a triplet accent grid. The mallets also move through the scale in eighth note triplets. The second half of the exercise has the drummers removing different partials to experience additional triplet-based rhythms.