In this lesson, we will take the 7-beat patterns from pages 30-33 of Steps Beyond and apply the following rules:

  • Rests are interpreted as unaccented/ghost notes.
  • Notes are interpreted as accents

Then we take that result and practice it over different subdivisions including:

  • Subdivisions of 4 (8th notes, 16th notes).
  • Subdivisions of 3 (8th note triplets, 16th note triplets).
  • Advanced subdivisions (such as quintuplets if you’re feeling brave!)

This pattern can then be voiced around the kit as well as played within the context of different styles (rock, hip-hop, jazz, swing, shuffle brazilian, cuban etc). In the video, Rich is playing his ideas in various styles in 4/4 time. But feel free to explore other time signatures including 3/4, 7/8, 6/8 and 5/4.

In the video, Rich explores different ideas based on exercises 19, 42, 74, 79 from pages 30-33 of Steps Beyond.

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Build useful skills with tons of stickings in 7! you can never have too many stickings in your hands.

Build your double stroke rolls in 7 note groups!

These exercises will help develop your command of the instrument and expand your vocabulary using 7 beat cycles.

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