Rudiment Workout: 31-05-2019 (4 Bar Single Stroke Roll Moving Through Different Note Values)

A four step rudiment challenge where a single stroke roll moves through different note values.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing a single stroke roll as various note values over four bars. 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 11.6MB.

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

In each of the four bars below you will be playing Single Stroke Roll. In the first this will be as eighth notes, the second Eighth Note Triplets, the third as sixteenths then finally back to triplets again. This means the part gradually gets quicker then slower again. It is very useful to play this a long with a metronome as it will really help with note placement.

A four bar single stroke roll moving through different note values.

Step 2

The main focus of this exercise is the switch in note values so accents, feet and orchestrations are all kept nice and simple. In this case quarter notes are accented in each bar. In the first and third bars all accented notes are played with right hands. In the second and fourth the hands alternate.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Both feet follow the accents added in the last step. The main focus here should be on making sure the feet line up with the appropriate hand.

Adding feet,

Step 4

In most cases right hand accents on played on the right hand side crash and left hand accents on left hand crashes. The exception is the third bar when you move between the two different cymbals.


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.