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Hand/Foot Combination Modulation

By Wally Schnalle Published December, 2009

Here’s my latest in a collection of hand/foot patterns that all start with right lead (a bit of a comfort zone for most of us). We start with one stroke per pulse and modulate up to nine subdisions per pulse. Most of these involve a double stroke on the bass drum, and as the groupings get larger you’ll make your way through three different stickings. The first involves only single-strokes. The second is mainly double strokes. And the last involves paradiddle-type patterns. It’s an absolute must that when you start working through these you use a metronome. Eventually, after working with these small note-rate increases, you should start to feel the quarter-note pulse stronger and hopefully keep it steady on your own.

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