Ghost Note Beats
Building Better Double Strokes (part 1 of 3)

Ghost Note Variations

These exercises are intended to help you play beats that utilize ghost notes.  The first exercise doesn't include a back beat pattern (no snare on two and four).  The rest of the exercises have a back beat (on two and four) that should be accented (using a full stroke or rim shot).  All of the ghost notes should be played softly (with tap strokes).  There are other variations I could have included (half-time and double ghost notes), but I thought this would be a good place to begin.  Also note that there are no kick drum rhythms written out.  The reason for this is to provide you with the flexibility to use rhythms from books such as Ted Reed's Syncopation, Gary Chester's New Breed, (or your own rhythms) for the kick patterns. 

Ghost Note Variations



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