Ska Lesson Click to Download PDF
Ska music was originally created in Jamaica and was the predecessor to Reggae Music. It has evolved over time and enjoyed numerous waves of comebacks. Ska music can sometimes be swung or played straight, try it both ways! The main characteristic is the upbeat.
Accent Warm Up 2 PDF
This is the 2nd warm up to move to after you master the first Accent Warm Up, this has different accents switching from hand to hand with 3 over 4 and 3 over 2 polyrhythms.
Accent Warm Up – click to download PDF
This is a deceptively simple accent warm up shifting the accents around to different parts of the beat and going from left to right and right to left. Listen very carefully to the sound of your accented notes, and the sound of your non-accented notes to make sure they are even. I like to focus on having two stick heights one for accents and one for the rest of the notes and make sure I stay consistent. GO slow before going FAST.
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One of the Signature rhythms in Country music is the Train. It can be very confusing at first to play this beat, follow this lesson PDF as it shows you examples of different train beats as well as gives you some fill ideas to start with.
One of the keys to playing the train is listening to music with a train beat, if you play the music straight ahead without the swing and accent of country music you won’t get the right feel.