This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2016 issue, which is available here.

Strictly Technique

Swiss Rudiments

Basel Drumming, Part 2

by Claus Hessler

This month we’ll continue exploring Swiss rudimental drumming with some additional patterns and combinations. We’ll also cover their interpretation to help develop the style’s authentic phrasing. Once again, we’ll use a style of notation developed by late educator Dr. Fritz Berger, as illustrated in this lesson’s key.

Last month we worked with a rudiment called the complete final stroke of 7. In Exercise 1, we’ll develop a reversed version of the final stroke of 7. Using a quintuplet subdivision helps to structure things rhythmically. The authentic phrasing would be difficult to achieve if we only thought in terms of a 16th-note subdivision. The first and second bars form the figure’s basic rhythmic structure. In the third bar, the fourth and fifth partials of the quintuplet are doubled to form a roll.

For the complete lesson with transcriptions, check out the Novemberber 2016 issue, which is available here.

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