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Monster Chops: Quintuplet Workout
Here's an excerpt from my upcoming book, Total Hand Control: The Ultimate Guide to Drum Technique. It's an accented study using quintuplets, which are odd note groups of five. When practicing these exercises, beware of the tendency to play groups of five unevenly as if they were five-stroke rolls with a rest between each group. Quintuplets must be played evenly and flow from one group to the next with no breaks in between.
Many drummers who are comfortable playing even note groups feel awkward when attempting odd note groups. If you find this to be the case, be patient and keep practicing slowly and accurately. You will eventually become as comfortable playing odd note groups as you are when playing the more common even ones.
I've listed four different stickings you can apply to these exercises. The first two stickings are simply hand to hand single strokes while the last two have you playing accents with one hand and unaccented notes with the other. There are many additional stickings you can apply to this workout. For example, try the traditional 5-stroke roll sticking.
These exercises make a terrific workout for your hands and should be practiced three ways: Using arms, wrists, and fingers. You can also apply this workout to your feet to develop your double bass chops.
In addition to their use for chop development, try applying quintuplets to your drum solos and fills. Why? Because the use of odd note groups can add a new dimension to your sound on the kit and experimentation is always a good thing. So experiment with them and have fun!
I hope you enjoyed this preview and stay tuned, my book is coming soon. The DVD is already here.
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