Rudiment Workout: 06-12-2019 (6/4 Switching From Inverted Paradiddle To Syncopated RLL)

A four step rudiment challenge built from a double stroke roll in the time signature of 6/4.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves switching from an inverted paradiddle to a syncopated standard triplet style movement in the time signature of 6/4, the purpose of this 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 challenged 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, accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit and your focus and concentration will be tested with the switch in sticking.

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. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

NOTE: this download is 9.2MB.

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

A bar of sixteenths in the time signature of 6/4. The first four beats are played as Inverted Paradiddle with the remaining two playing a '332' style movement using a standard triplet style sticking. The switch between the blocks of four to the blocks of three can be tricky.

A one bar pattern in 6/4 switching from an inverted paradiddle to a standard triplet movement.

Step 2

Accent the first two beats worth of inverted paradiddle on the quarter notes. Over the rest of the bar accent all the right hands.

Adding accents.

Step 3

For the first three beats, a sixteenth note kick pattern is used. Over the second three beats straight quarter notes are played.

Adding feet,

Step 4

For the inverted paradiddles, accent the snares and standard strokes are moved around the toms. For the syncopated section, the floor toms are accented and standard strokes are played on snares.


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.