As we work on “RLF” in this context, the first order of business is getting comfortable with the three note pattern itself (as 16ths), and the second challenge is putting the hi-hat on 2 and 4 at the same time. The hi-hat is included because we want to have the ability to keep the time going while we solo. We might not always choose to keep the hi-hat going, but we should be able to do so if we choose.
These five exercises are designed to develop this facility.
After you feel comfortable with these, try going back and forth between playing time and playing the exercises to give you more of a musical context. We’ll explore applying this pattern more musically next time, but for now, just try to master the exercises so you can get comfortable playing and controlling the pattern.
Here’s the PDF for your to download: pattern control one point one
Have fun—I promise you that this stuff sounds great when you get it to flow.
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