Playing Technique 3

Course Number: MUS-146DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

The Playing Techniques 3 course is designed to continue addressing proper limb motion, balance, coordination, time and timing and sticking processes. Selected topics include finger technique, more Group 1 & 2 sticking exercises, Group 3 sticking, more flam rudiments, roll development, and foot ostinatos & control.  Prerequisite: Playing Techniques 2.    

Ralph Humphrey

Ralph Humphrey is one of Los Angeles’ most demanded studio drummers, recording for TV, motion pictures, albums and jingles. His most recent projects include Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Charmed, Piglet’s Big Movie, Star Trek Enterprise, The Simpsons, ABC 50th Anniversary Special, Far From Heaven, Coca-Cola, and Ping golf clubs. His past touring and recording experience includes the Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Seals and Crofts and Free Flight. He can also be heard on album projects by Wayne Shorter, Tom Rainer, Mike Miller, Jeff Richman, The Outsidemen, and Babaghanoush, among many others.

Ralph is the author of the drum book Even in the Odds and contributes occasional articles to Modern DrummerMagazine.

See the Ralph Humphrey page at Drummerworld.com.

Lesson 11

  1. Introduce and demonstrate the use of the fingers in technique
  2. The two-stroke motion
  3. The three stroke motion
  4. The four-stroke motion
  5. Constant motion technique
  6. Combine all motions

Lesson 12

  1. Apply hand to hand and Group 2 sticking to phrases
  2. Apply foot ostinatos to the above phrases in 4/4
  3. Apply foot ostinatos to the above phrases in 12/8
  4. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 1 sticking phrases
  5. Continue with foot control

Lesson 13

  1. Apply hand to hand and Group 2 sticking to 2-bar phrases in 4/4
  2. Apply foot ostinatos to the above phrases
  3. Apply hand to hand and Group 2 sticking in 12/8
  4. Apply foot ostinatos to the above patterns
  5. Continue with open and closed roll development
  6. Introduce the flam paradiddle rudiment
  7. Continue with bass drum control

Lesson 14

  1. Apply a hand to hand sticking to accent phrases
  2. Apply a Group 3 sticking to accents phrases in 3/4
  3. Apply foot ostinatos to the above patterns
  4. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 1 sticking phrases
  5. Introduce the flamacue rudiment
  6. Introduce hand and foot combinations

Lesson 15

  1. Apply hand to hand and Group 3 sticking phrases in 12/8
  2. Apply foot ostinatos in 12/8 to the phrases
  3. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 2 sticking phrases
  4. Introduce the 4-stroke ruff
  5. Introduce single stroke roll development
  6. Continue with hand and foot combinations

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

You will need:

  • Acoustic 4-piece (or more) drumset (snare, bass, and at least two toms) with at least 1 crash, 1 ride, and hi-hats; electronic kits are acceptable
  • Sticks and brushes
  • Metronome (or metronome app)
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
  • Behringer Xenyx Q502USB Mixer
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device
  • Isolation headphones, such as Vic Firth’s SIH1 Drummer’s Headphones or in-ear monitors
  • optional: CD/MP3 player (separate from computer) 

Software Requirements: