Snare Drum Etude #1

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I have been working on some new snare drum etudes on and off for a couple of years. I finally decided I should just share a few instead of waiting until I had enough for a book (like that’s ever going to happen), so here’s the first one.

This etude is inspired by Shostakovich’s String Quartet #7. Here is a recording if you’ve never heard it before:

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The main rhythmic motif in this etude is simply two eighth notes and a quarter note.

Etude 1 Motif

This motif is permuted throughout the piece. The main challenge is to make all the ruffs consistent regardless of where they happen in relation to the beat. We also have a few flam rudiments and very quick dynamic changes to contend with.

I hope you enjoy this etude. If anyone bothers to learn it, I’d love to hear it!

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