In this set of exercises we introduce the semiquaver or sixteenth note. A semiquaver is half the length of a quaver so you can fit twice as many in the same space of time. Before starting this exercises make sure you’ve studied the Note Lengths Part 2 – Counting Tips (BAS011) sheet so that you understand how to count semiquavers. These exercises are all played on the snare drum while using the bass drum to keep a regular crotchet (quarter note) pulse.
Now we start to look at regular groupings of semiquavers and quavers. Play these exercises over and over – this will help you to ‘pattern match’ the groupings to how they sound.
Here we start to mix short groupings (2 semiquavers) with longer groupings (8 semiquavers) so that you get used to swapping between them and using them interchangably. Again play these over and over to a metronome working on keeping perfect time with nice even rhythms.
Finally in this set of exercises we’re looking at short groupings and long groupings mixed in with both crotchet and quaver rests. Practice these slowly and build up to the 60bpm target. Once you’re confident at that speed take it to 80bpm and beyond. The fastest piece in the Grade 1 syllabus is 104bpm so there’s no need to go beyond that speed at the moment.