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The herta is a hybrid drum rudiment from the single stroke family of drum rudiments. It’s made up of two fast singles followed by two slower singles. It’s often described as being a single stroke double or a single stroke drag, since the two fast singles sound pretty much like a double or a drag, respectively. In this free drum lesson, South Africa’s drummer extraordinaire Cobus Potgieter, alongside his trustworthy side kick Jared Falk, teaches you how to play and practice the herta, and how to apply it specifically within drum fills.
Cobus’s method for teaching and learning drums is done 100% by ear. It may sound a little scary to learn the content within this free drum lesson totally by ear; but the more you do it, the more it will come natural to you. Training your ears is something that will actually improve your ability to reproduce the drum parts from your favorite songs, as well as your rhythmic sense and musicality when coming up with drum parts for music or improvising on the spot.
The concept you’ll learn how to apply to your drum set with this free drum lesson is an advanced one. It’s important that you’ve been through the basics before you commit to this free drum lesson, otherwise, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a big whoopin, courtesy of the herta sweep! To avoid this, work on mastering the herta in a step-by-step approach. We encourage you to do so by going through the free drum lesson on the single stroke roll first and foremost. Having a solid single stroke roll will make it that much easier to go between the fast and slower notes with clean sounding strokes, which will in turn have you playing luscious sounding hertas.
If you’re curious about who Cobus Potgieter is and how he plays, check the free live drum lesson “Cobus Potgieter Live #1“. If you more interested in learning a new but cool concept using another one of the drum rudiments, check the free drum lesson “Double Stroke Sweep“.
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