Rich Redmond: Linear Hand Patterns

Big Money Beat #8: Linear Hand Patterns

What’s up rockers? My favorite sticking patterns in drumming come from the first column of exercises in George Lawrence Stone’s famous book Stick Control. This is a classic book that every drummer should own and know inside and out. These actually are the exercises that I warm up with an hour before every show and they are also great for developing grooves and solos. Exs. 3 and 4 show two of my favorite sticking patterns that can be divided between the snare drum and the hi-hat to create a linear feel.

Add the kick drum on beats 1 and 3 and you will have a souped-up money beat that is funkier than ever! Drummers like the great David Garibaldi (of Tower Of Power fame) popularized this style and made it look so easy.

Always subdivide and internalize the pulse to keep it solid and funky! Practice these at all tempos and dynamics with a metronome and a band. Have fun and take it to the bank!

Rich Redmond
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