Welcome back to Vinnie land. In this drum lesson, we’re going to look at and learn the fourth drum fill idea of this series of Vinnie Colaiuta drum licks. It sounds amazing and it’s based on a simple idea executed in a very interesting way. The lick is simply a right-handed paradiddle followed by a left hand: RLRRL. The first and last notes are accented.
Sounds easy? Maybe. But, be aware that your technique has to be in pretty good shape for this to sound right. These paradiddles are played as 32nd notes, so you’ll need speed, and the phrasing of the idea is tricky. To have a look at this phrasing and all of the notation, print out the PDF, which has a full transcription of what I play in the video included in this lesson: Five Vinnie Licks Part Four
Ok, now that you’ve got the PDF, have a look at it while you watch the video. Every thing I play in the video (with the exception of the nuances of the grooves; i.e. ghost notes) is transcribed so you can see different ways of using the drum lick in context. The PDF is labeled Part A and Part B, which corresponds to the video’s own on-screen titles “Part A” and “Part B.” Have a look and you’ll understand. Here’s the video.
A note…in the middle of the video, at the beginning of “Part B,” I play the lick slowly a bunch of times on its own. I hope that helps you in understanding how to play it.
Have at it! Feel free to comment and ask any questions.
By the way, if you like this post, you might want to check out these other Vinnie licks from this series of articles: Five Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Licks Part One;
Five Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Licks Part Two;
Five Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Licks Part Three
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