A four step rudiment challenge that combines orchestrated single stroke fives and sevens in one bar.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves switching between two different single stroke stickings within one bar, the purpose of which is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise but particularly hand speed. 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.
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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.
The bar below switches between two different single stroke rhythms, starting with a Single Stroke 5 and moving to a Single Stroke 7 on count 3. This is a really useful exercise in developing hand speed, particularly when combined with the 'Two Minute Rule'. Focus here on playing all notes at an even dynamic level.
Accents are added only on the right hand. They fall on the '+' after count 1, count 2 and count 4. Make sure these notes really stand out from the standard strokes by lifting your stick a little higher for these strokes and pressing in with a little more force.
A rhythmic ostinato is added on the bass drum. Sixteenth notes are included here and this can be a challenge on your stamina, particularly at higher tempos. Make sure all bass drums are played at an even dynamic level and fall exactly inline with the appropriate hand.
Accented notes stay on the snare whilst the standard notes move around the toms in various common movements. The seven stroke roll moves backwards around the kit but because of the sticking, this is a comfortable fluid movement.
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.