Playdrums: SRC Book 1 Guide
Lesson 1: Technique
Beginning Performers Read the intro material on page 9 slowly and carefully at least once. Then, do the 14 Minute Daily Chop Builder every
day that you practice. The 14 Minute Chop Builder (page 10) and Beat Grouping (page 12) are your two warm up routines for volume 1 and occasionally after
that. It is important to do this warm up once per day as many days per week as possible (4 or 5 times a week is perfect).
What you need:
 Sticks
 Practice Pad
 Timer (a kitchen timer works great)
Goals:
 Play as fast as comfortable
 Strive for a smooth and even sound
 Use your regular stroke  don't play too hard or too soft
Advanced Performers Add this warm up to your regular list of warm ups. This is an excellent 14 minute warm up.
Drumset Players Use these exercise to warm up your hands and feet.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Use the 14 Minute Daily Chop Builder as the warm up for the student through most of this book. When you get to 16th
notes in lesson 7, introduce exercise 7 "Stick Control" from Appendix A: Warm Up Set 1 (page 53).
If the student is going to play drum set, then have them do this with their feet as well.
Note When I go camping, we usually go with some neighbors. I like to take extra drumsticks and for the neighbor kids, I introduce them
to sticking patterns such as what is included in the 14 Minute Daily Chop Builder.
For Advanced Students Determine how they warm up. If they have several warm up routines, encourage them to consider adding this one to their
warm up routines. If they don't have regular warm up routines, encourage them to use the four warm ups in this series as a starting point.
Lesson 2: Tempo and Beat Grouping
Beginning Performers Perform exercise 1 to a metronome AT LEAST ONCE to each tempo indicated. Perform exercises 210 to a metronome set to
100 BPM.
Advanced Performers Skip exercise 1. Use the Beat Grouping exercises 210 as a quick warmup/chop builder. Play them as fast as comfortable.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Do not skip this lesson. It is a great lesson for absolute beginners and starts developing the students ability to control
tempo and understand meters right from the beginning. I generally go through exercise 1 just once to stress playing to different tempos.
For Advanced Students Have them take the tempo test to point out tempo control issues. Then, play the Beat Grouping exercises 210 along with
the student on a real drum as fast as comfortable.
Lesson 3: Whole, Half, Quarter
Standard lesson.
Lesson 4: Snare and Bass
Standard lesson.
Lesson 5
Standard lesson.
Lesson 6
Standard lesson.
Lesson 7
Standard lesson.
Lesson 8: Closed Rolls
Standard lesson.
Lesson 9
Beginning Performers Standard lesson.
Advanced Performers Standard lesson.
Drumset Players Standard lesson.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Introduce the concept of a single stroke roll and have them start developing it. I'm usually not too particular about
this lesson but it is a great idea to introduce it early. I usually have them perform this lesson on a crash cymbal using mallets.
For Advanced Students Test the student to see how good their single stroke roll is. Make sure they're using their fingers.
Lesson 10
Beginning Performers Standard lesson.
Advanced Performers Standard lesson.
Drumset Players Standard lesson.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students This is a sight reading and timing lesson. Introduce the material during one lesson and quiz them during the next. Have
them perform the exercises on a practice pad to a metronome set between 90 and 105 BPM.
For Advanced Students Standard lesson.
Lesson 11
Beginning Performers Standard lesson.
Advanced Performers Standard lesson.
Drumset Players Standard lesson.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Standard lesson.
Optionally, give them a written quiz.
For Advanced Students Standard lesson.
Lesson 12
Standard lesson.
Lesson 13
Standard lesson.
Lesson 14
Standard lesson.
Lesson 15
Standard lesson.
Lesson 16
Standard lesson.
Lesson 17
Standard lesson.
Lesson 18
Beginning Performers Standard lesson.
Advanced Performers Standard lesson.
Drumset Players Standard lesson.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students This is a sight reading and timing lesson. Introduce the material during one lesson and quiz them during the next. Have
them perform the exercises on a practice pad to a metronome set between 90 and 105 BPM.
Optionally, give them a written quiz.
For Advanced Students Standard lesson.
Lesson 19: Flams
Standard lesson.
Lesson 20: Ruffs
Standard lesson.
Lesson 21: Double Strokes
Beginning Performers Standard lesson.
Advanced Performers Standard lesson.
Drumset Players Standard lesson.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Standard lesson.
Make sure the student understands the importance of double strokes for playing all types of percussion instruments.
For Advanced Students Standard lesson.
Lesson 22
Standard lesson.
Lesson 23: Triplets
Standard lesson.
Appendix A: WarmUp Set 1
Beginning Performers With this warm up, you now have three warm ups to choose from: this one, the 14 Minute Daily Chop Builder from lesson
1 (page 10), and Beat Grouping from lesson 2 (page 12).
Advanced Performers This is a quick and fun warm up when you only have a few minutes to warm up.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Introduce the material during one lesson and quiz them during the next. Have them perform the exercises on a practice
pad to a metronome set between 90 and 105 BPM.
For Advanced Students
...coming soon...
Appendix B: 8th Note Accent Patterns
Beginning Performers Practice the exercises as written and Sharpen the Saw variations 13. The other 27 variations are intended for advanced
players.
Advanced Performers This is a wonderful system to warm up with and to develop chops.
To use the Sharpen the Saw system to warm up with, pick 1 to 3 variations and practice each one 2 to 4 minutes each prior to a practice or performance
session.
To use the Sharpen the Saw system to build chops, pick 3 to 8 variations and practice each one for 5 to 10 minutes (but not longer). The chop building
session should last from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.
Note I recommend that you DO NOT build chops with the Sharpen the Saw system for longer than 60 minutes a day. You have other aspects
of drumming to focus on. If you wish to do more chop building, add other chop building ideas to your practice session such as the various warm up sets
available with this series.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Introduce them to the Sharpen the Saw series, but, for now, limit them to variations 13.
For Advanced Students Introduce them to the aspects that apply to them.
Appendix C: Snare Solos
Beginning Performers Practice each of the solos.
Advanced Performers See how well you can perform these solos. Record yourself. Try to bring out the full sound of the drum at all dynamics
and play with feeling.
Teacher Guidelines
For Beginning Students Have the student choose ONE solo and perform it for you as a graduating piece.
For Advanced Students Have the student perform each solo in a performance like situation.
