Percussion Rhythm Challenges

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There are a seemingly unlimited number of percussion rhythm challenges that can be put together for percussionists to practice and improve their rhythmic skills. Practice a "three over two" rhythm challenge on drums with help from an experienced drummer in this free video on drums and percussion.

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Percussion rhythm challenges. So there's thousands, probably tens of thousands, an unlimited number of different percussion rhythm challenges that we can put together to practice to get coordination better and to develop those skills. I'll show you a couple of ones that we can do here. One that is very popular that a lot of percussionists will try is what's called a three over two which means that with one hand we're playing groups of three. One two three. One two three. And with the other hand we're playing groups of two. One two. Now three and two don't divide equally into each others, so what you're going to have is what's called a poly-rhythm and this is a great percussion rhythm challenge. My left hand will be playing groups of three versus groups of two with my right hand. Then we can also reverse this and play groups of three with the right hand and groups of two with the left. That's one percussion rhythm challenge. Another one that you can do is to go from groups of one all the way up through groups of six or even sevens or eights and include them in the same time frame. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to set my metronome to sixty five beats per minute and I'm going to start playing just one beat to match up with the metronome. I'm going to go up through two all the way up through eight. Now, we'll go to two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. So that's a great percussion rhythm challenge that you can do. You're playing over the same time. In my case, it was sixty five beats per minute and I'm playing everywhere from one beat per minute all the way up to eight. So those are two great percussion rhythm challenges to try.


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