Playing Technique 4

Course Number: MUS-249DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

The Playing Techniques 4 course is designed to continue addressing proper limb motion, balance, coordination, time and timing and sticking processes. Selected topics include flams applied to Group 2-4 stickings, polypulse ostinatos, Group 5 sticking, more rudiments, and roll and foot development.    Prerequisite: Playing Technique 3.

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 16

  1. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 2 sticking phrases
  2. Apply flams to 2-bar hand to hand and Group 2 sticking phrases
  3. Apply hand to hand and Group 3 sticking to 2-bar phrases
  4. Apply foot ostinatos
  5. Introduce polypulse ostinatos
  6. Introduce the dragadiddle rudiment

Lesson 17

  1. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 4 sticking phrases
  2. Apply foot ostinatos
  3. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 3 sticking phrases
  4. Apply flams to 2-bar hand to hand and Group 3 sticking phrases
  5. Continue with developing bass drum control
  6. Continue with open and closed roll development

Lesson 18

  1. Present rhythmic groups, note value rate exercises
  2. Apply flams to hand to hand and Group 4 sticking phrases
  3. Apply hand to hand and Group 5 sticking to 2-bar phrases
  4. Apply foot ostinatos
  5. Continue with roll development

Lesson 19

  1. Continue with rhythmic groups, note value rate exercises
  2. Present hand to hand and combined Group 1 and 2 sticking phrases
  3. Apply foot ostinatos
  4. Present the single-ratamacue rudiment
  5. Continue with foot control exercises

Lesson 20

  1. Continue with rhythmic groups, note value rate exercises, Var. 1 and 2
  2. Present hand to hand and combined Group 2 and 3 sticking phrases
  3. Apply ostinatos
  4. Present the inverted flam rudiment
  5. Present a rudimental snare drum solo

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: