The Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of Four

Creating more simple orchestrations that move around the kit in a set grouping.

This lessons follows on from our Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of 8 lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson.

Continuing with ideas for orchestrating a single stroke roll, in this lesson you will be taking the basic rudiment as sixteenth notes and splitting it into groups of four. Each of these groups of four will then be played on a different drum, in pretty much the same way you did in the previous lesson. These exercises will be slightly harder than before as you will be using four different parts of the kit, but still pretty straight forward. The intention here is to further improve your ability to move around the kit in 'blocks' of a set number and you will be expanding on this some more in later lessons. These patterns will work well as fills without any adjustment.

Feet have been included in some exercises. In those that don't have them try adding various patterns in and for those that do try using different feet parts. For this concept it is acceptable to use the same drum twice within a bar as long as two groups of four aren't played on the same drum in a row. For example '4x Snare, 4x High Tom, 4x Mid Tom, 4x Snare' is acceptable but '4x Snare, 4x Snare, 4x High Tom, 4x Mid Tom' is not.


Exercise 1

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


Exercise 2

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


Exercise 3

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


Exercise 4

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


Exercise 5

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


Exercise 6

Single stroke roll played as groups of four


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.

Up Next

I recomend covering our lesson on the The Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of Two next.