Rudiment Workout: 14-12-2018 (Four Bar Paradiddle In 7/8)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a four bar paradiddle roll in 7/8.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a paradiddle in the time signature of 7/8, 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, which I recommend you learn 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 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 10.8MB.

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 four bar Paradiddle played as semi quavers in the time signature of 7/8. If you are new to this time signature keep an eye on the counting below the bar and use the MP3 provided to help familiarize yourself with the rhythm. Note that the third and fourth bars of the pattern have the exact reverse sticking of the first and second. You should also use this exercise to ensure your stick heights match, your left hand is hitting with as much force as the right and that your grip is correct.

The paradiddle in 7/8 played over four bars.

Step 2

Accents are added on the equivalent of each quarter note. This will help emphasize the four note grouping within the odd time signature. You may find this difficult to get your head around so take your time when building up the part.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays eighth notes on the hi hat pedal constantly. The right then adds bass drums under each accented note to help further emphasize the four note grouping.

Adding feet,

Step 4

All standard notes are played on the snare with Accents Moved Around The Toms. This is a fairly standard movement but will be uncomfortable in the odd time signature.


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 a long with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step up 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.