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Hand Technique and Time Function Coordination

These 10 Courses with 110 Lessons are the foundation of drumming technique.  Master them and you will get the most out of your practice.  In addition, you will Learn the 22 Drum Channel rudiments.  Ralph Humphrey is joined by several guest instructors in this comprehensive Artist Track.  You will learn the fundamentals of your hand technique using methods developed by the forefathers of our craft such as Henry Adler, Sanford Moeller and Jim Chapin.  Ralph will break down not only the mechanics of the motions you will be learning, but he will also apply them to the drum set as well as the practice pad.

$119.00

10 Courses · 110 Lessons · 27 hours 15 minutes

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Ralph Humphrey

Ralph is one of the most sought after studio musicians and educators in the world. As an educator, he is the Drum Department Chair at the Los Angeles College of Music. Ralph also conducts clinics and master classes, including, The PASIC convention In 2015. He is the author of the drum book Even in the Odds and contributes occasional articles to Modern Drummer Magazine. His earlier work with the Don Ellis big band and Frank Zappa, among others, has given him the knowledge and expertise to speak, teach and write on the subject of rhythm and its application in modern drumming. Ralph maintains a very active career in the recording industry, playing for a variety of motion picture, TV and record projects. Productions include the hit show American Idol(2002-2004), The Emmys(2002-2004), Dancing with the Stars, The Simpsons, and many more.

Artist Track Contents

Beginner
  • Beginner 8 Lessons 1 hr 40 min

  • $1995

Technique 1 – Basic Body Motion

Holding the stick, wrist turns and the bounce stroke are the foundation of how comfortable and fast you can play. These Lessons are good to review no matter how long you have been playing.

  • $1995

    8 Lessons 1 hr 40 min

Beginner
  • Beginner 15 Lessons 2 hr 5 min

  • $2000

Technique 2 – The Outside Release™ Motion

The outside release, often called the 'Moeller Method' is the foundation of your technique and independence. These lessons will prepare you to learn the rudiments and apply the motion to your everyday playing.

  • $2000

    15 Lessons 2 hr 5 min

Beginner
  • Beginner 6 Lessons 1 hr 7 min

  • $2000

Technique 3 – Preparing to play Rudiments

Using the Basic Body Motions of T-1 and Outside Release Motion of T-2, You will now apply them to Single Strokes leading to the Double Stroke Roll. There are a lot of lessons on playing Rudiments but making them sound musical takes practice, and these lessons will give you the foundation to play fast, relaxed and get the most out of your practice.

  • $2000

    6 Lessons 1 hr 7 min

Beginner
  • Beginner 12 Lessons 2 hr 7 min

  • $2000

Technique 4 – Long Roll Preparing for Single Stoke Roll and Developing Ruffs

This course shows you the fundamental motions and techniques necessary to conquer the rudiments and your rolls.  Ralph will demonstrate the double stroke roll, multiple bounce stroke (buzz) roll as well as the 3-stroke ruff.

  • $2000

    12 Lessons 2 hr 7 min

Beginner
  • Beginner 6 Lessons 1 hr 32 min

  • $2000

Technique 5 – 5 Stroke Roll Through 10 Stroke Roll on Pad and Set

In this course, we will be attacking the first group of roll rudiments on both the snare drum and the drum set.  We will use a variety of motion and exercises to achieve a good sound quality for each one.

  • $2000

    6 Lessons 1 hr 32 min

Intermediate
  • Intermediate 8 Lessons 1 hr 7 min

  • $2000

Technique 6 – Flams and Drags

Our flam technique will involve the use of compound motions with each hand in tandem.  We learn the fundamental flam and drag rudiments and how they apply both to snare drum and drum set.

  • $2000

    8 Lessons 1 hr 7 min

Intermediate
  • Intermediate 10 Lessons 2 hr 0 min

  • $2000

Technique 7 – Single, Double, and Triple Paradiddles on the Pad and Set

The paradiddle rudiments are some of the most versatile and useful rudiments that you will ever learn.  In this course, we apply everything we've learned in the previous 6 courses to 4 different paradiddle rudiments.  We will practice them both on the snare drum and on drum set.

  • $2000

    10 Lessons 2 hr 0 min

Beginner
  • Beginner 18 Lessons 5 hr 38 min

  • $2900

2-Way Time Function Coordination

There are many great books available with exercises for the drum set using your hands and feet. This course will prepare you to easily play those books as we teach you how to play combinations of hands and feet in a way that will enhance your time function and coordination. This fundamental semester starts very simply, even if you have played for years, do not over estimate the importance of revisiting these basics. Just playing a simple beat, and playing it with a great feel, is the difference that often defines a drummer’s success.

  • $2900

    18 Lessons 5 hr 38 min

Intermediate
  • Intermediate 18 Lessons 6 hr 48 min

  • $3900

3-Way Time Function Coordination

While you may be learning to play Rock patterns and Jazz or Latin and other Master Classes or lessons it is important that you systematically study your time function coordination. These are systematic exercises and while they are preparing you for the future, they can also be used in patterns and fills as you progress. The body motions learned in the Hands class are utilized in breaking down the 3-way time function coordination exercises.

  • $3900

    18 Lessons 6 hr 48 min

Advanced
  • Advanced 9 Lessons 3 hr 11 min

  • $5900

4-Way Time Function Coordination

These 4-way coordination exercises will open the door to future advanced patterns and make them easy to play. Learning to lead with both hands will give you amazing freedom in playing patterns. As noted in the fundamental lessons, you can go through these exercises first with just your natural lead hand, and for extra practice go through the lessons with your alternate lead hand. Play each exercise repeatedly for several days until it feels completely natural and you can play it at various tempos.

  • $5900

    9 Lessons 3 hr 11 min