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

In this lesson, you'll learn two new technique exercises, how to count and play 16th notes in quarter time and a new rudiment: the 13 stroke roll.

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 1. Intro & Rudiment Breakdown Suggestion 2. New Technique Exercises: Bucks in 3, Extended Doubles
3. Counting 16th Notes in Quarter Time Signatures 4. New Rudiment: 13 Stroke Roll / Rudimental Etude #4

To master this lesson, you must:

At 90 bpm and 126 bpm, practice the "8 on a hand" exercise everyday (at least 30 seconds at each tempo)

At 85 bpm (170 bpm), practice the single and double stroke RUDIMENTS, and "Isolated Double Stroke" exercise everyday for at least 30 seconds
    (Rudiments: Single Stroke Roll, Single Stroke 4, Double Stroke Roll, 5 Stroke Roll, 9 Stroke Roll, 13 Stroke Roll)

At 100 bpm, practice the multiple bounce RUDIMENTS, "Bucks in Three" exercise and Single Paradiddle everyday for at least 30 seconds
    (Rudiments: Multiple Bounce Roll, "buzz 5", "buzz 9" and "buzz 13")

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

Perfectly play Key Exercises, Appendix Lines (page 59), and Playing Exercises (page 19) while tapping the foot and counting out loud with these accompaniment CD tracks:  |  Key Exercises  |  Appendix Lines  |  Playing Exercises  |

Perfectly play the Rudimental Etude #4 (line #9, page 19) at 85 bpm, using double stroke rolls AND at 100 bpm using multiple bounce rolls

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