Matt Byrne: Practice-Sticking Patterns
Practice-sticking patterns should be part of your daily practice regimen. They get the brain/muscles working in ways that you wouldn’t typically execute while playing straight beats around the kit. Think of them as brainteasers. These specific exercises include both straight sixteenth-notes as well as triplets. Play them at varying tempos and accent them as shown. As you memorize them, you can begin to vary the accents. These exercises will help you play many beats, ranging from swing to paradiddle-based funk beats. They will also help you create some great fills.