Mark Wessels' A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum Video Lessons
     Lesson Eight

In this lesson, you'll learn to play whole notes, a new rudiment: the Flam Tap, a new rhythm: two 16ths/8th, and a round for two players.

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 1. Intro & New Rudiment: The Flam Tap 2. New Rhythm: "1 e &" / "1-ta-te", Round for two players
3. Rudimental Etude #6  

To master this lesson, you must:

At 90 bpm and 132 bpm, practice the "8 on a hand" exercise everyday (at least 30 seconds at each tempo)

At 92 bpm, practice the single stroke RUDIMENTS everyday for at least 30 seconds
    (Rudiments: Single Stroke Roll, Single Stroke 4)

At 95 bpm, practice the double stroke RUDIMENTS, and "Isolated Double Stroke" exercise everyday for at least 30 seconds
    (Rudiments: Double Stroke Roll, 5 Stroke Roll, 9 Stroke Roll, 13 Stroke Roll)

At 120 bpm, practice the multiple bounce and flam RUDIMENTS, "Bucks in Three" exercise and Single Paradiddle everyday for at least 30 seconds
    (Rudiments: Multiple Bounce Roll, "buzz 5/9/13", Alternating Flam, Flam Tap)

Practice the "Extended Doubles" exercise (no sticks, hands on leg) for 1 minute – as fast and as loud as possible!

Perfectly play the Coordination exercise (page 22) utilizing the whole note

Perfectly play Key Exercises, Appendix Lines (page 60-61), Playing Exercises (page 23) and the "Round for Two Players" (line #6) while tapping the foot and counting out loud with these accompaniment CD tracks:  |  Key Exercises  |  Appendix Lines  |  Playing Exercises  |  Round for 2 Players  |

Perfectly play the Rudimental Etude #6 (line #7, page 23) at 95 bpm, using double stroke rolls AND at 120 bpm using multiple bounce rolls

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