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Snare Drum Warm-Up, Part 3

Accent patterns and wrist lifts.

The third in a five-part series about creating the ideal warm-up routine.

The two previous blog articles in this series got your hands moving. They started with eighth notes and progressed to sixteenth notes. The exercises in this posting will begin to introduce accent patterns and wrist lifts.

Element #3: Accents

Start with the theme and progress to the variations once you feel comfortable.


Musical annotation.

Variation 1:

Musical annotation.

Variation 2:

Musical annotation.

Be careful of the stickings in Variations 1 and 2. These have been written with triplets and doubles to ensure that you begin on the opposite hand when you repeat the exercise.

Remember to start at a slow tempo and use a big range of motion to get your muscles loose. Use a metronome and track your progress. As before, try increasing the speed of the metronome by two beats per measure every time you repeat the exercise. (This can be done manually, or with the use of an app.)

Creating a warm-up routine is an individual process and what works for me will not necessarily work for everyone. Feel free to create your own routine! 


Check out the other postings in our Snare Drum Warm-Up series:

Part 1: Warming up the big muscles

Part 2: Transitioning to the small muscles

Part 4: Adding flams to the equation

Part 5: Wrap it up with rolls

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