Today I would like to share an exercise that was developed for beginners. My co-author of FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids (shameless plug) Rich Redmond and I came up with several compositions (*Rich wrote them out) that are delineated using a drum tablature chart (see below).This unique system breaks the piece down into single measures. Each excerpt is represented as a chart. Each exercise builds upon itself until the entire composition is completed. It is our hope that the student will then return to the entire piece of music with a better sense of reading it than they had before. I must admit that my reading chops are rusty and this exercise helped me. This particular lesson introduces one of our favorite genres, SWING! You can access a PDF of the entire lesson here. Drum teachers; let me know if this works for you.