This exercise consists of 6 parts, to be played with both hands (R-L or L-R) on the snare and combining this with the bass drum and HiHat. When not read in the exercise the HiHat is always on quarter notes. Bar 1 – Right hand and left hand read eighth notes. Bar 2 – Right hand and bass drum read eighth notes. Bar 3 – Left hand and bass drum read eighth notes. Bar 4 – Right hand and HiHat read eighth notes. Bar 5 – Left hand and HiHat read eighth notes. Bar 6 – Bass drum and HiHat read eighth notes.
Eighth notes are a figure that you will hear constantly in all types of music and this will help you to grasp this figure, but the most important aspect in this type of exercise is the combination of hands and feet. Many people may think that exercises like this are very easy, but once you begin to read one bar after the other (without stopping), you will find that co-ordination between your feet and hands sometimes fails, particularly in maintaining the HiHat. Most of the students who have practised these exercises have found them to be practical and effective when playing different patterns.