A four step rudiment challenge based on one bar of single stroke roll in 5/4.
In this lesson you you will be learning a long exercise that involves gradually adding things to a single stroke roll in the time signature of 5/4. The purpose of this is to improve your hand speed and stamina, but many other aspects of your drumming will benefit from the patterns given. There are four steps in building up to the full part, these are presented individually with a quick note about what is happening before the whole part is put together on page three. The intention is for you to use the given parts first as written then to develop them into your own versions of the exercise.
As well as speed and stamina, multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. To further help with the speed side of the part, follow our 'Two Minute Rule' practice technique which you can find on the website.
When learning the parts, take your time and ensure note placement, technique and timing 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. After the full exercise you will find a list of suggested tempos. A metronome should be be used as much as possible when playing these parts.
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.
Accents are added in a syncopated eighth note rhythm with extra left hands added in as decoration. It is important that these notes stand out from the standard notes so lift your sticks higher and apply a little more force. The rhythm will feel like a 4/4 pattern with an extra quarter note added at the end and I have used that quick double accent on count 5 to highlight this.
The left foot keeps time with eighth notes played with the left foot. The right than plays under any accented notes that fall on a right hand. Focus on placing the feet exactly under the appropriate hand.
All standard notes remain on the snare whilst accents move around the toms in a melodic 'clockwise' motion around the kit. The exception is the first accent which is played on a snare.
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.