Rudiment Workout: 10-01-2020 (1 Bar 5/4 Switching From Paradiddle To Single Stroke)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a bar of 5/4 containing both single stroke and paradiddle.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise in 5/4 that combines the paradiddle and single stroke roll. The purpose of this is to improve your concentration, 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 concentration, speed and stamina can be improved by upping the tempo of the pattern, 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.

Step 1

The start point is two blocks of Paradiddle followed by one beats worth of Single Stroke Roll. Whilst this is an unusual movement, it actually works quite nicely within the Time Signature. Focus on the transition between the two different rudiments making sure timing and technique don't slip.

A bar of 5/4 containing two rudiments.

Step 2

For the first block of paradiddle accent the four right hands, then reverse this for the second block and accent the four left hands. For the single stroke, just accent the right hand on count 5. Concentrate on sticking around these accents, don't let the extra layer of complication mess this up.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays eighth notes on the hi hat pedal whilst the right fills in various notes around the accents on the kick. Notice that the kick never falls under an accented snare.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Starting on the high tom, the accented notes move clockwise around the three toms. When you hit the second block of paradiddle this then moves anti-clockwise back to the high tom then back clockwise until the end of the bar. So it moving from left to right then back again then back once more.


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.