Issue 79 – Shuffle Co-ordination

TUITION – James Hester

Shuffle Coordination Part II

Get those tuplets warmed up and ready for a full work out…

Last month we looked several lead hand shuffle patterns and focused on click playing, feeling the triplet undertow and also applying those ideas to halftime patterns. This month we’re going to take those lead hand ideas and develop some coordination between the snare drum and bass drum. With all of these examples, play the six different lead hand patterns with each of these snare/bass drum ideas. I’ve written them out here using the third example from last month.

Examples 1 and 2

For a right handed/footed player, these first two examples are essentially single strokes between the right foot (bass drum) and left hand (snare drum) with the right/lead hand playing on the hi hats or ride cymbal. Take your time, work with the click – don’t forget the hard work built from last months lessons – and play through each of the lead hand patterns from last month.








Examples 3 and 4

Now we’re playing doubles strokes between the snare drum and bass drum. Here, example 3 is written out starting on the right foot, but you should also start the doubles with the left hand too. Example 4 is inverted doubles and again, you should begin these with the left hand too.









Examples 5 and 6

The paradiddle examples here go over two bars to resolve. These are tricky and need time to master so don’t give up! As with all of these ideas, some patterns are easier then others and some are easier to hear then others, but persevere and you will reap the benefits of developing some killer independence. The first paradiddle here is the standard RLRRLRLL and the second is the reversed: RRLRLLRL. Don’t forget to work on the other two variations – RLLRLRRL and RLRLLRLR.









There’s a lot to get through this month but take your time. Once you have one of the patterns under control, try adding accents to create a backbeat. Some work better then others, but it’s all about experimenting and dynamics!

Next month we’ll look at the breaking down the classic shuffle ghost note patterns similar to Purdie, Bonham and Porcaro.

Take care, see you next month.


© James Hester 2008