Colin Woolway's Teasers

The One-Handed Drag

Take the humble drag rudiment:

Note the two grace notes followed by an accent. Now try playing it with one hand ...

A good technique is to play the two grace notes upwards in order to facilitate the accented note. Here's a two-bar exercise for Drags; play with one hand and watch for the twist at the end ...

Finally, let's increase the tempo so the one-handed Drag is played as a triple bounce (you will have to lose the accent), and go for the exercise again ...

Tempo: much faster (try the second bar only)

No jokes about drag acts please!