A very straight forward orchestration of the single stroke nine designed to get your hands moving around the kit.
This lessons follows on from our Single Stroke Nine Sticking lesson and will be quite similar to This Lesson applying the same orchestration concept to the single stroke roll. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from these lessons.
In this very simple orchestration concept each hand will just play a different drum. For example, in the first exercise the right hand plays the floor tom and the left hand plays the high tom. This is a great one for giving the rudiment a melodic feel and is a very simple way to get used to the rudiment being moved away from the snare.
Remember, you hands will always be playing a single stroke nine in all exercises of this series. In the later exercises the orchestration switches at various points in the bar. I have included feet in all exercises, it may be worth removing them whilst you are learning the orchestration then adding them back in later. Experiment with using different feet patterns from our previous lessons. I have included both versions of the sticking for this rudiment but try each orchestration idea with both rhythms.
Use the 2 minute rule to aim for the following target tempos. This list covers from a beginner to a veteran player so potentially represents several years worth of practice. The note values referenced in this list refer to the quicker note of the rudiment.
- Level 0: Crotchets and Quavers at 120bpm
- Level 1: Quavers and Semi Quavers at 100bpm
- Level 2: Semi Quavers at 120bpm
- Level 3: Semi Quavers at 140bpm
- Level 4: Semi Quavers at 160bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 80bpm
- Level 5: Semi Quavers at 180bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 90bpm
- Level 5+: Semi Quavers at 200+bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 100+bpm
I recomend covering our lesson on The Single Stroke 9 In Crotchet Blocks next.