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 quarter notes. Bar 2 – Right hand and bass drum read quarter notes. Bar 3 – Left hand and bass drum read quarter notes. Bar 4 – Right hand and HiHat read quarter notes. Bar 5 – Left hand and HiHat read quarter notes. Bar 6 – Bass drum and HiHat read quarter notes.
With this exercise you are beginning a sequence of combinations that will allow you to attain a high degree of co-ordination and independence. 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.