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For this lesson I would like to cover exercises on Ghost Strokes. These exercises would come under the heading of Dynamics.


In exercise 1, we have the basic Ghost Stroke pattern played between the hi hat and the snare drum. Ghost strokes are written in the brackets. Try playing the Ghost Strokes approx. 1/4" off the head of the snare drum, so they can be heard but only just. The strokes are used to colour rhythm patterns, and can be applied to any style of music.

In exercise 2 we now add the bass drum on beats (1), and (3). The snare drum is played accented (louder) on beats (2) and (4) the sign for an accent is >

In exercise 3 The bass drum beats play on the counts of 1, 3, (+) and (ah) of 3. Accented snare drum on counts (2) and (4). This creates a Funkier feel.

In exercise 4 the bass drum plays on counts (1), the (ah) of 2. Counts (3), the (ah) of 3, and the (e) of 4. The accented snare drum plays on counts (2) and (4).

When you have mastered these exercises try placing a second snare drum next to your hi hat (on the left hand side). Tune the drum differently to your main snare drum. Now play the left handed Ghost Strokes on this drum whilst keeping your right hand playing on the hi hat, and snares drum beats of (2) and (4). This will create even more options, and excitement to your drumming and the music.
Don't forget to come up with at least two ideas of your own. If you are left handed, then just reverse everything written.

Best of luck


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