Snare Drum Buzzle Exercise

Hello, everyone. This is James Christian
with Rudimental University. I haven’t posted any videos in a while,
and I apologize for that. But I have a lot of really cool things
lined up in the near future, so subscribe to make sure
that you don’t miss any of those. Today we are going to do a short exercise
based on a rudiment called the “buzzle.” I first heard about buzzles
in an article written by Chet Doboe
of Hip Pickles fame. And it was published
in Modern Drummer Magazine. A buzzle is basically a double, or a diddle,
with a buzz on the second note. So it sounds like this: So those are fun to play on their own. Now you can use them in any rudiments
that have a double in them. Today we’re going to do
some variations on paradiddles and use buzzles within
the diddle part of a paradiddle. So the first one is just
a regular paradiddle, and those are called a “parabuzzle.” And they sound like this: Now if you were to take a paradiddle
and start on the second note, sometimes I’ve heard those
called “inverted paradiddles.” But whatever you want to call them,
that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to start
on the second note of a parabuzzle,
and it would sound like this: And then if you started
on the third note– sometimes I’ve heard these
called “backward paradiddles.” Or they’re also like a single flammed mill
without the flam on it. So I’ve heard them called “mills” as well. But it’s like we’re starting
on the third note of a parabuzzle: And finally, starting on the fourth note
of a parabuzzle. As far as paradiddles go,
I’ve heard these called “reverse paradiddles.” Or you can think of it
as just a backwards quad. It’s basically a quadruplet–
four singles in a row– and then they alternate each time. But again,
whatever you want to call it, it’s the fourth variation,
and it sounds like this: So we’re going to take
all of those variations. And you can have whatever names
you want for them. I’m just going to call it
variation #1, #2, #3, and #4. And the first part of the exercise
is going to start on variation #1,
then #2, then #3, then #4. And then go backwards
to #3, #2, #1. And that’s a seven-measure phrase. So on the eighth measure, we’re going to do a measure
of straight 16th note buzzles. And just for good measure, we’re going to decrescendo it
down to a soft dynamic. And then the second half
of the exercise will start softly, and we’re going to do it in reverse. It’ll start with the fourth one,
then the third, then the second,
then the first. And then it will go back
to #2, #3, #4. And then again, we’ll finish off
with a measure of 16th note buzzles. And we’ll crescendo it to the end. So I will play it at two different tempos:
One fairly slow, so that you can learn it. And then I’ll put it at a fairly moderate tempo,
and see if you can keep up. And that is the parabuzzle exercise. If you would like to download
a copy of it to practice for yourself, you can get it at And the link will be included
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and I will see you next time. Bye! [drum line cadence]

Daniel Yohans

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