Alright, here we are with another grid exercise using the bass drum as the shifting accent, but this time we are going to take it a few steps further. In this lesson we are going to play a 4-2-1 grid pattern using sixteenth-notes, but instead of beginning with the first accent played on the first sixteenth-note, we are going to invert the accents and start on the fourth sixteenth-note in the group, then the third, second, and first.
While keeping the 4-2-1 grid pattern and keeping the sticking pattern, play down once Exs. 1, 2, and 3, then back up 3, 2, 1 for the reverse. The reason why I love practicing using the grid pattern is because it takes you through almost every combination and allows for faster development of dexterity and facility on the kit.
Terence Higgins is a long-standing member of the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band and one of New Orleans’ funkiest drummers, specializing in second line, funk, and R&B. He also leads his own funk band, Swampgrease. http://www.swampgrease.com