As a drill mainly, Scio.. but works as a lick too. As a drill just keep the circular motion going, slow to fast without accenting any note and keepin the strokes as even as you can. Once you got that down you can reverse it, starting with the floor tomAs a drill or a lick, adyee? All 16th notes?
Going to print this one out Juho, thanks.Yep, that concept works well for all sorts of linear movements around the kit: an odd number of strokes at both ends, and an even number of strokes in the middle. Things to try out:
- include the hi-hat (HH-SD-TT-FT and in reverse)
- hi-hat, snare, floor tom
- three strokes at both ends, four in the middle
- move the end points around; instead of playing three strokes on the floor tom, take the "U turn" at the second rack tom, for example
- play through the pattern while going through the pyramid of subdivision: quarters, quarter triplets, eighth notes, eighth note triplets, sixteenths, fives, sixes, sevens and thirty-seconds. Move from one subdivision to another after each cycle, or every two quarter notes, or every quarter note... Or skip between subdivisions randomly.
My teacher taught me a version of this idea: switch to the next drum with the "easy" hand. Going from snare to rack tom, you would lead with your right hand, but going from floor tom to rack tom, or floor tom to snare drum, you would play an additional right hand note, and then lead back with the left hand.I can see alot of potential for this routine...especially after you get the basic routine down and then start mixing it up and expanding on it like already mentioned by Wavelength.
Maybe if you only have 1 up and want to stick with the circular thing it might be easy to add your ride in the mix instead of tom2.....????
Thank's for letting me know that excellent drummer.