The Single Stroke Roll With 'a' Count Toms

A single stroke roll orchestration where any note played on an 'a' is moved around the kit.

In this lesson you will be playing all notes on the snare, except for those on an 'a' count which will be played on a tom. These will always fall on a left hand which means options for placement are limited to just the high and mid toms. Obviously you could use the floor tom but this will involve crossing the left hand over the right and is a very difficult movement to achieve without dropping a stick. Have a go at it and you'll see what I mean. The intention of this lesson is to familiarize you with accents on the 'e' count whilst giving more options for part construction.

As always, feet have been included in all exercises but experiment with different patterns to those shown If you are finding an exercise difficult it would be worth removing the feet until you are comfortable with the hands.


Exercise 1

Single stroke roll played with simulated accents


Exercise 2

Single stroke roll played with simulated accents


Exercise 3

Single stroke roll played with simulated accents


Exercise 4

Single stroke roll played with simulated accents


Exercise 5

Single stroke roll played with simulated accents


Tasks

Use the 2 minute rule to aim for the following target tempos. This list covers from a beginner to an experienced player so potentially represents several years worth of practice.

  • Level 0: 60bpm
  • Level 1: 90bpm
  • Level 2: 120bpm
  • Level 3: 140bpm
  • Level 4: 160bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 80bpm
  • Level 5: 180bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 90bpm
  • Level 5+: 200+bpm & Demi Semi Quavers at 100+bpm
  • Create your own orchestrations using this concept.
  • Use as many different feet patterns as you can think of with each exercise.
  • Apply the orchestration concept to the rudiment in various other time signatures and note values.
  • Apply the concept as a fill in your general playing.