How to teach Quarter, 8th and 16th Notes – Pegada Drum Method (Fundamentals to Intermediate)

How to teach Quarter, 8th and 16th Notes – Pegada Drum Method (Fundamentals to Intermediate)


The Quarter, Eighth and Sixteenth Notes is
an exercise I like to teach before I get my students playing 16th note Single Stroke Roll
along with the metronome. Because, as you know, some of them will struggle
to play it in time. Although that’s completely normal, I’ve
noticed that these exercises are fun and help. Exercise 1, right hand only
And Exercise 2, left hand only These exercises help understand the relation
between quarter and 8th notes without talking about theory. Exercise 3 is left and right hands in unison,
on the snare and floor tom Remember to write down the pace they stop
at so you can help them play a bit faster in their following lesson. Then left hand on the snare and right hand
on the toms creating this nice “melody”. And finally the exercise 4 has quarter, 8th
and 16th notes; another opportunity to review the Whipping Motion (while playing the first
2 notes), and also to bring their attention to the different ways of playing slow or fast. The next exercise in the Fundamentals to Intermediate
book is the Multiple Bounce Roll (or Buzz Roll) which I don’t need to talk about because
it is pretty straight forward. So in the next video I’ll talk about Coordination
3 and why I have my students practising Coordination 3 before they learn multiple drum beats.

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