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At first blush you might think this is just a simple legato warm up, but listen closely to what's happening to the downbeat. Tap your toes, or get out your met and time it (140bpm for the recording)... hear it? The left hand switches to Es and Uhs!
Why is this important? Because it fights the dreaded "zombie line" affliction. We've all seen it, a drumline lines up, the section leader taps off, and the whole line looks like zombies while they hack away at 8th notes. With this exercise your drumline will be forced to think about their hands, feet, and their mutual timing! It's a stroke of brilliance.
"But D'Rumpus, we want to play more!" Don't worry, mix it up. For instance, the tenors can play on the home drum or you can improvise with some arounds. Or, have sections or the whole ensemble play 16th note diddles in place of the single 16th notes (turning it into a diddle exercise), or add other rudiments instead of diddles like flams or cheeses... the sky is the limit. Enjoy!
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Snares, Tenors, Bass Drums
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