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Vamp Exercises: Part I

Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // October 08 2012
Vamp Exercises: Part I

We are all familiar with a "vamp" – a repetitive musical passage. Consequently, a repetitive rhythm with several strokes performed with one hand can be considered a vamp as well. One familiar vamp exercise is playing eight 1/8 notes per hand. Vamp exercises are great to play as part of a warm-up routine, not to mention that they are terrific for consistency and evenness of strokes. 

The exercises below are from my upcoming book, Stick it to Your Chops. I play these exercises as warm-ups, following the “90 degree bounce” (see my previous article)

The exercises presented here are not the typical hand-to-hand 1/8 note exercises. They are more like accented patterns. The accent pattern is noted under each exercise number and the meters have been omitted for simplicity. Start these exercises slowly. Play them at different speeds and at soft, medium, and loud volumes. Additionally, try doubling the amount of R and L stickings. For example, for exercise one you would play 16 notes with the right hand, 16 with the left, and then repeat. Play each exercise several times before proceeding to the next. As always, I strongly suggest using a metronome. 

Until next time, lock it in the pocket.





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About the Author
Kirby  Jacobsen

Kirby jacobsen (drummer, composer, author). Kirby studied Studio Recording and Jazz at the University of Miami and Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. He composes and arranges music for concert band, string and jazz trios and percussion ensemble. His snare solo book, Not Just Another Snare Solo Book, 20 Uncommon Snare Drum Solos, will soon be available on-line through HaMaR Percussion Publications, Inc. Kirby leads the Blue Brush Trio which performs in the NY/NJ metro area. 

Send questions or comments to Kirby at symphonic902@yahoo.com.

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