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Snare Drum Independence (sixteenth notes)

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Building snare drum independence is important for every drummer. This lesson includes beats specifically designed to assist you with improving your snare drum control. Later, we will take what we've learned in the bass drum independence lessons, and combine it with these patterns to create advanced drum beats.

Snare Drum Beat #1

Since this drum lesson is all about snare drum control - you can expect to see many more snare drum shots in all these beats. To make things even more challenging, the shots are not always going to be in line with the back-beat.

The first beat is fairly simple, and incorporates eighth and sixteenth notes.

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Snare Drum Beat #2

This first variation moves things around again, but uses similar patterns to the first beat. Be sure you continue to count out loud as you first play through these grooves.

snare drum 2

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Snare Drum Beat #3

This beat is incredible powerful for snare drum control. It can be quite difficult at first, but sound great when learned properly. Eventually you will want to add dynamics into a beat like this by playing the extra snare drum shots as ghost notes. We'll get into that more in future lessons.

snare drum 3

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For now, it is really important that you focus on playing these first snare drum beats very well. Don't move on until you are truly ready for the next challenge. As stated in previous lessons - moving forward before you are ready is far more likely to hinder your progress than help it.

With that said, you can move on to the second snare drum beats section when ready.

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