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

In this lesson, you'll learn a new technique exercise, learn to count and play quarter notes and rests in a variety of quarter time signatures, and learn 2 new essential stroke styles: the multiple bounce and the downstroke.

DO THIS FIRST! Click HERE to download a PDF of Lesson Two from “A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum”

 1. Daily Technique / New Exercise  2. Counting / playing quarter notes & rests
3. Essential Stroke Style: Multiple Bounce 4. Essential Stroke Style: Downstroke

To master this lesson, you must:

Practice the "8 on a hand" exercise and new "Stick Control" exercise everyday for at least 1 minute at 90 bpms
    (Click HERE to play along with a track from the accompaniment CD to make your practice time more fun!)

Practice the "Single Stroke Roll" and "Double Stroke Roll" everyday for at least 1 minute at 110 bpms
    (THIS TRACK from the accompaniment CD is recorded at 110 beats per minute!)

Practice the Multiple Bounce:
    Day 1: at 60 bpm for 1 min per hand*
    Day 2: at 80 bpm for 1 min per hand*
    Day 3: at 60 bpm for 1 min using alternating strokes*
    Day 4: at 80 bpm for 1 min using alternating strokes*
         (*** continue to practice each step as long as it takes to develop perfect multiple bounces!)

Practice the Downstroke:
    Day 1 & 2: using the "4 legato strokes/downstroke in the hand" approach for 1 min per hand
    Day 3 & 4: using the "2 legato strokes/downstroke on the pad" approach for 1 min per hand

Perfectly play each Appendix line (page 54) and Playing Exercise (page 8,9) while tapping the foot and counting out loud:
    Day 1: at 80 bpm
    Day 2: at 90 bpm (Play along with track 51 from the accompaniment CD! Click here to download a free mp3!)
    Day 3: at 100 bpm (Play along with track 52 from the accompaniment CD! Click here to download a free mp3!)
    Day 4: Play along with accompaniment track 3 (Playing Exercises 1-6), track 4 (Playing Exercises 7-9) and track 5 (Appendix lines)

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!

If you like these lessons, we hope that you'll consider purchasing a copy of the book for yourself. Ask for it at your local music store, or order online at http://www.mwpublications.com.



translate