Linear Drumming Practice Day 1 Notes

Introduction:

May 6th 2019 I took my first crack at intentionally practicing linear drumming with the 3 note pattern approach. I practiced using 16th notes which for a 3 note pattern means that the first note of a pattern and beat 1 line up every 3 measures. See Example 1-1

Example 1-1:

(measure 1) K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K –
(measure 2) R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R –
(measure 3) L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L – K – R – L –
repeat

I started with a comfortable tempo, for me, which was 100 bpm and practiced patterns: 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 20, and 23. I only practiced those patterns because the nature of playing 3 note patterns in 16th notes allow you to cover all 24 patterns when you count out loud and you are aware of where beat one is. The key was counting out loud. I wanted my brain and body to be aware that on beat 2 of measure two I was doing a L – K – R pattern even though I started measure 1 with a K – R – L pattern.

Example 1-2:

Using the above example, a drummer practices the following patterns 20, 21, and 22 depending on which measure and beat you look at in example 1-1:

  • K – R – L
  • R – L – K
  • L – K – R

Ultimately, the goal is to not think and play in terms of patterns but to think and play music. However to get away from thinking patterns, the goal is to play them, consciously, ad nauseam until they become second nature to me. This way I can hear an idea and execute that idea.

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