Huei’s Help Desk: 2 Quintuplets over 4/4

What is your current biggest music  or drumming struggle that you wish there was a handout for?

Playing eighth note used quintuplets (playing 10 8th notes per bar in 4/4)

– Landon

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Good morning, Landon!
Thank you for taking the time to write a testimonial. I appreciate you sharing your story as a player and teacher 🙂
With the 10 over 4, try just playing the first half of the bar. Start with your right hand and aim to land on beat 3 with your left hand.
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Try it with a metronome, starting around 100-120bpm, and experiment with expanding and condensing the rhythm. Purposely end a little early and a little late. Then gradually dial in the correct hand speed to land right on beat 3. Play it correctly 10 times in a row.
Once you figure out the hand speed of the first quintuplet and you can consistently land on beat 3, then repeat the same process beginning with the left hand (“off the left”). Play it correctly 10 times in a row.
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Last step: Put the two beats together, using beat 3 as a halfway checkpoint to make sure you have the correct hand speed. The whole sequence would look like this, with multiple repeats on each chunk until you can play a consistently accurate rhythm:
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I hope that helps. Try it out and let me know how it goes.
Thanks again, and I’ll talk to you soon!
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Huei-Yuan Pan is a Los Angeles based musician via Chicago, originally from Houston. His drum corps experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2002-2003; Front Ensemble, 2004). From 2008-2011, Huei served as Director and Arranger for Green Thunder Percussion, and in 2012-2013, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Huei, click here.

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