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Single Ratamacue

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Learn How To Play The Single Ratamacue

The single ratamacue is the first in a series of related "ratamacue" rudiments. It's simple structure is made up of single strokes combined with a few drag strokes. This pattern is typically played with a triplet feel, and that makes it work well within Jazz, Latin, and other world styles of music. Here is the basic structure:

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Single Ratamacue #1

This pattern begins with a right-handed drag that starts a group of triplet notes, and ends with a single stroke on the left hand. That whole pattern then repeats with left-hand lead to complete the single ratamacue rudiment. Start out slow, and speed up as you become more comfortable with the pattern.

Single Ratamacue - Drum Set Applications

Exercise two makes use of the single ratamacue within a drum beat:

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Single Ratamacue #2

The final exercise uses the single ratamacue within the context of a drum fill:

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Single Ratamacue #3

Once you are finished with this drum lesson, you can move on to the double ratamacue.

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