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   You here sitted behind your drums. The drumset is composed of various elements gathered in a single instrument. First play the snare drum. Listen to the sound of this one. Do the same way with the bass drum and the tom-toms. You have just tested the drums. Now play the cymbals : the ride, the crash and the high-hat. Now play all these sounds in the same time.
   To make you play your first rhythms I chose to start with the pulsation, for more explanations see the strokes page and read the chapter on the pulsation. When we can correctly play a pulse we can work around this one. I usually present it this way : after let play the pupil, I play some rhythms and I ask him what is the difference between what it played and what I have just played. They give me a lot of different answers, some really funny. But I give them the key : it's the pulse. This one must be the first natural rhythm as well as the reference to all that will follow.
   So here is the discussion thread : the pulse is the simplest rhythm to play, and once that this one is well understood we will be able to change it to obtain more complex rhythms.

   If we want to write this pulse we'll write it using quater notes, and for each pulse we count 1.

EXERCISE #1

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex01

|1...1...1...1...|1...1...1...1...|1...1...1...1...|1...1...1...1...||

   Now one pulse on two, count 1-2, play only on 1, so are half notes :

EXERCISE #2

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex02

|1...2...1...2...|1...2...1...2...|1...2...1...2...|1...2...1...2...||

   Carry on and count to 4, play only on 1, so are whole notes :

EXERCISE #3

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex03

|1...2...3...4...|1...2...3...4...|1...2...3...4...|1...2...3...4...|

   Notice that the quater notes, the half notes and the whole notes are written on single line no matter of the name of the note (ex. C,D,E,F,G,A and B) we only use what indicates the duration, what gives the value of the note. With the following exercises you play a mixture of preceding notes ; the aim is to ba able to recognize the value of each note and to count it, without losing the pulse:

EXERCISE #4

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex04

TAB exercice Play and count 1 for the x

|x...2...3...4...|x...2...x...2...|x...2...x...2...|x...x...x...x...|

|x...x...x...x...|x...2...x...2...|x...2...x...2...|x...2...3...4...|

|x...2...x...x...|x...2...x...x...|x...x...x...2...|x...2...3...4...|

|x...x...x...2...|x...x...x...x...|x...2...3...4...|x...2...3...4...||

EXERCISE #5

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex05

Play and count 1 for the x

|x...x...x...x...|x...2...x...x...|x...2...3...4...|x...x...x...2...|

|x...2...x...x...|x...2...3...4...|x...x...2...x...|x...x...x...2...|

|x...x...2...x...|x...2...3...4...|x...x...x...2...|x...2...x...x...|

|x...x...2...x...|x...x...2...x...|x...2...x...2...|x...2...3...4...||

EXERCISE #6

Tempo = 80bpm ; count in = 1234



01-ex06

Play and count 1 for the x

|x...x...x...2...|x...x...2...x...|x...2...x...x...|x...2...3...4...|

|x...2...x...x...|x...x...x...2...|x...x...x...2...|x...2...x...x...|

|x...x...2...x...|x...2...x...x...|x...x...2...x...|x...x...x...x...|

|x...x...x...2...|x...x...x...2...|x...x...2...x...|x...2...3...4...||

   Here it's the end of your first lesson. Perhaps it brings more questions than it gives answers. It is quite normal, but I do not want to feed the first lesson with too much technical explanations. So take this lesson as it comes and you will wait for the next on where you will find your answers.

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