Because they are more advanced players it's easy to keep throwing advanced concepts at them as they are fun for me to teach and they enjoy learning them. But sometimes it's important for both the student and myself to take a step back to revisit the "easy" stuff.
This is obviously not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination; as a matter of fact it's probably much the oldest one in the book. There is now about 18 million different ways of using Ted Reed's Syncopation, but for once we're going to do what it says on the box; we're going to play the music as it's written! But we're going to stick it a few different ways, and you might find that some feel more comfortable than others. Or, in my case, you'll find that students who can play some really difficult music still struggle with some of these basic stickings.
Head over to your old friend, page 37, and start by playing the whole page, as written, with alternating sticking; by which we mean you change hands with each stroke no matter where in the bar it falls.
Next, play the same page with natural sticking, meaning play each stroke where it would naturally fall if your hands were playing constant 8th notes. In the case of this rhythm it means all of the downbeats will be on one hand, and all upbeats on the other, like so...
And speaking of constant 8th notes, if you or a student are struggling with natural sticking, or even if you're not, trying filling in all of the 8th notes and treat the written rhythm like accents.
Scoff if you will, but this is something we should all revisit from time to time, and I definitely recommend getting your students to do it