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If you were to learn one thing on the drumset: Drumset Pattern #1

Often, people sign up for lessons, curious, as to whether they would enjoy playing the drums.
(usually it’s the question “CAN they play the drums?”) after the preliminaries e.g. holding the sticks,
sitting at the drum set, identifying various components of the drum set, and how they work. I would say
"If you were to quit drum lessons tomorrow, this would be the one drum pattern I’d want you to walk away with"
RLRL
B
R = right hand
L = left hand
B = bass drum played with the right foot

R L R L starting with the snare and bass drum

.. œ œ œ œ ..
repeat this pattern evenly and focus on
the first stroke, when your right hand
œ
snare
1 and right foot play together
bassdrum

hi tom

.. œ œ œ œ f f f f f f f f f f f f ..
snare mid tom
lo tom This is where the fun starts,
and creativity begins.
2 œ œ œ œ bassdrum distribute the different strokes of
the pattern on the
R LR LRLR LR LR LRLR L different components of the set

RLRLRLRLRLRLRLRL

yyyy yyyyyyy yyy


.. œ œ .. Make sure the Hi Hat is closed
3 œ œ œ œ
Now let's put'em together
R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L

yyyy yyyyyyy yyy


hi tom

.. œ œ œ œ f f f f f f f f f f f f ..
snare mid tom

œ œ
lo tom

4
œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ bassdrum

R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L
play the cymbal on your right
with your right hand R L R L R L R L
y y y y y y y ffff
(remember your still playing hi tom

.. ..
the Hi Hat)
œ
*RT CYM lo tom

5
œ œ œ f
œ f f f
This is just the begining, the R L R L R L R L
combinations are endless,
get creative, have fun! - rick
3/3/09