THE TENOR DRUMMER Crosses Master Class Eights Over Easy – Full Exercise

Eights Over Easy – Full Exercise

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We have made it to the end of this piece!  Now it’s time to run the sheet down.

Work as needed on the individual sections, but try to play through the entire piece continuously.  For this lesson, I want you to start slowly, around 80 bpm, but also see how fast you can play it correctly.  Increase the tempo by 8 bpm after you play a few good reps in a row.

As you play, shift your focus every few reps between the following:

-Play on one drum and around, making sure wrist rotation feels the same for both

-Keep crossing hand low                                -Stay perfectly in time with the metronome

-Keep heights consistent                               -Rotate through 3”, 6”, 9”, and 12” heights

-Tacet (non-playing) hand is still                   -Watch playing positions

As you get comfortable and are achieving the goals above, slowly increase the metronome by intervals of 8-10 bpm.  Spend at least 30-45 minutes playing continuous reps.

Here are some of my reps at a few different tempos and heights.  As you watch, critique my playing (no one is perfect!).  Make note of anything you think I could do better.  Keep these things in mind as you watch yourself in your mirror.

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