Rudiment Workout: 08-11-2019 (2 Bar Single Stroke Roll Moving From 4/4 To 5/4)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar single stroke roll that switches between two time signatures.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves playing two bars of single stroke roll in two different time signatures, the purpose of which is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be pushed with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit.

Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.

A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. This lesson is considered a sample of our premium download packs and can be downloaded for free on the link below.

NOTE: this download is 9.9MB.

When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.

Step 1

You'll start out with two bars of sixteenth note Single Stroke Roll. The first of these is played in 4/4 and the second in 5/4, meaning the second bar has an extra quarter notes worth of sixteenths. This will hopefully be familiar so focus on making sure all strokes are played at an even dynamic level. The best way to build this up is by using the two minute rule (linked below).

The single stroke roll played over two bars in different time signatures.

Step 2

The first half of each bar is based around a sixteenth note '332' style syncopated rhythm with the second half accenting mostly offbeat counts.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Through both bars the left foot maintains a quarter note count on the left foot. In the first bar a syncopated eighth note rhythm is used. For the 5/4 bar the kicks fall inline with most of the accented strokes. I haven't placed any under the double sixteenth strokes but you could include these if you wish.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Standard strokes stay on the snare whilst accents move around various toms and snares to create a melodic sound.


Full Exercise

To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.