NL #50 is a pattern that us dorky-type drummer people call a “roundhouse.”
That means that the sticking allows you to go around the drumset, over and over again, for as long as you like. And that, my friends, is definitely a good thing.
The trick is that you combine singles (on the toms) with the ever-useful paradiddle-diddle. The paradiddle-diddle part begins on the floor tom with one right hand note, and continues on the snare drum (where the remaining notes of said paradiddle-diddle are played).
Make sure that the snare drum notes are significantly lower in volume than the single strokes on the toms.
Note that the lick itself is two beats long….ie two groups of 6 notes each, and it repeats, which is why the sticking is only shown in the first half of the measure. The second half of the measure is identical to the first.
Try for 96 to 120 bpm.
Here’s the PDF for you to print out and bring to the practice room: Nasty Lick 50.
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