A four step rudiment challenge based on two bars of single stroke roll that switch rhythm.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing a single stroke roll over two bars with feet, accents and orchestrations added. The rhythm of the second bar is going to be much faster, making this a great exercise for building hand speed. The purpose of this is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. 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.
Two bars of Single Stroke Roll. The first bar is played as sixteenth notes, which is fairly standard, but the second bar jumps up a gear to Sextuplets. If you are unsure of how this should sound listen to the MP3s provided.
When playing this style of pattern, remember when starting the first bar to play a tempo that will allow you to play the second bar. So don't start too fast.
Accents are added on all quarter note counts then on the '+'s after 2 and 4 in both bars. In the first bar all accented notes fall on the right hand but in the second, those on the '+' counts will be played with a left. Make sure that left hand accent is as loud as those played on the right.
A fairly standard rudiment workout foot pattern is applied. The left plays eighths on the hi hat pedal whilst the right plays in line with the accents. Ensure all notes that should be played together are played together.
A simple orchestration is applied. Those accents played on a numbered count are played on the crash cymbal to the right of the kit and those and the '+' counts on the crash to the left of the kit. Watch the sticking in the second bar.
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.