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Three, Five and a Drag

Technique by Will Taylor // January 20 2015
Three, Five and a Drag

Hello, Black Page readers! I hope everyone had a good Xmas and New Year. I thought we’d start the new year off with a short but rather challenging exercise. 

It’s a combination of playing three strokes on each hand, then filling in the gaps to make up 32nd-note groupings of five, or a single stroke 5-stroke roll. This makes up the bars 1-9, with the pattern doubling in length as you work through it. Please note that in bars 3 and 6 you are playing double stops (right and left hand play at the same time). As ever with unison hand parts, try and avoid any flams! 

Bars 9-13 take the same three-stroke idea and then add in a drag on the “a” of each group of 16th notes. Now on counts 1-3 three, this is played with the opposite hand to which you’re playing the the 3-stroke, then for the count of 4 it’s played all on either the R or L. The sticking is clearly marked on the manuscript. 

Bar 14, we end with a 1-bar 32nd note double stroke roll with a release on the "1" of bar 15 with the right hand. 

The video will go into much further detail as to what’s going on technically and hand positions. I hope you enjoy and please fell free to share this about.







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About the Author
Will  Taylor

Will began playing in the Falcons marching band and took a heavy interest in rudimental drumming. This led to seven years of marching snare drum with the Falcons (finally writing for and leading the drumline) and time at the Cadence drum and bugle corps.

He began playing drum kit during this time and took to studying hard with some great teachers (Richard Spooner, Tom Meadows, Neil Martin) and playing for many different artists as well as playing on releases by Gary Go and Incoherence to name a few. Will maintains a busy teaching schedule whilst playing, touring and recording with different artists and bands.

Email Will with any questions at willtaylordrums@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at twitter@willtaylordrums or visit him online at http://www.willtaylor.co.uk/

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