This bad boy is based on a five note pattern: Right (snare), Left (hi tom), Right (floor tom), Left (floor tom), Foot (bass drum). Taking those five notes and playing them as continuous 16th notes yields interesting results.
The attached work sheet, which you can download as a PDF here: Nasty Lick PDF, presents three different applications of the lick, two of which are one measure versions, and one which spans two measures.
Try these out and see if you like them. You can also double them and try out some 32nd note versions.
By the way, I heard Vinnie Colaiuta use this idea (RLRLF as 16ths), although orchestrated differently, on a drum solo he did on the track “Indian Time Zones,” on Warren Cuccurullo’s album, “Thanks To Frank.”
Thanks to my friend and BANG! student Brian Petersen for turning me on to this specific orchestration of this idea. I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me.
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