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

In this lesson, you'll learn a new technique exercise, learn to count and play 8th notes in quarter time signatures, learn a new essential stroke styles: the upstroke and a new rudiment: the 5 stroke roll.

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 1. Daily Warmup / New Double Stroke Exercise 2. Counting / playing 8th notes in quarter time
3. Essential Stroke Style: The Upstroke 4. Essential Rudiment: The 5 Stroke Roll

To master this lesson, you must:

Practice the "8 on a hand" and "Stick Control" exercises everyday for at least 1 minute at 100 bpm
    (Click HERE to play along with a track from the accompaniment CD to make your practice time more fun!)

Practice the RUDIMENTS (Single Stroke, Double Stroke, Multiple Bounce Rolls) and downstroke everyday for at least 1 minute at 120 bpms
 • Add the 5 stroke roll to your daily practice when you learn it – using both double strokes and multiple bounces
    (Play along with THIS TRACK from the accompaniment CD, recorded at 120 beats per minute!)

Practice the Downstroke (2 rebounds, plus a downstroke) everyday for 1 minute per hand at 120 bpms.
    (Substitute the new "up/down" exercise when you learn the upstroke)

Practice the new double stroke exercise (no stick, hand on leg) for 1 minute per hand – as fast and as loud as possible!

Perfectly play each Key Exercise (page 10), Appendix Line (page 55 & 56), and Playing Exercise (page 11) while tapping the foot and counting out loud:
    Day 1: at 80 bpm
    Day 2: at 90 bpm
    Day 3: at 100 bpm
    Day 4: at 110 bpm
    Day 5: with these accompaniment CD tracks:  |  Key Exercises  |  Appendix Lines  |  Playing Exercises  |

These lessons are excerpted from Mark Wessels' book, A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum, the most comprehensive method available that simultaneously provides instruction for rhythm reading, technique fundamentals, rudimental training, coordination and musicianship necessary for today's well rounded percussionist!

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