4-2-1 Sixteenth Grids

The 4-2-1 Formula:

The 4-2-1 Formula consists of three sections. In the first section, play each pattern, rhythm or rudiment 4 times each. Play this section only once. In the second section, play each pattern, rhythm or rudiment 2 times each, playing through this section twice. In the third and final section, play each pattern, rhythm or rudiment once each and play this section four times. “4’s once, 2’s twice, 1’s four times.”

Another way to visualize it is:

AAAA | BBBB | CCCC | DDDD

AA | BB | CC | DD | AA | BB | CC | DD

A B C D | A B C D | A B C D | A B C D

Now that you have an idea of what a 4-2-1 Grid is, here are a few grids to get you started.

Sixteenth Note Accents

Sixteenth Note Diddles

Sixteenth Note Flams

Sixteenth Note Crushes

Sixteenth Note Paradiddles

Sixteenth Note Paradiddle Crushes

Sixteenth Note Cheeses


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