The Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of Two And Four

Creating more orchestrations that move around the kit in a various lengths of set grouping.

This lessons follows on from our Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of 2 lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson.

This Single Stroke Roll Orchestration lesson will be slightly different to previous lessons. So far all orchestrations have involved taking a straight 16th note single stroke roll and moving it around the kit in even blocks of a set number of beats. This time you will be using two different lengths of 'blocks'. The exercises given below have been constructed by combining blocks of 4 and blocks of 2. To keep things a bit more straight forward, whenever you switch to blocks of 2's they you will find two blocks of 2. This prevents a block of 4 from starting on an '+' count, this idea will be covered in a later lesson. This will be slightly more challenging as there is a bit more to think about but some interesting patterns are created that will make some cool sounding fills.

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. The rule for repeating parts of the kit from our last lesson (linked above) applies here also.


Exercise 1

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


Exercise 2

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


Exercise 3

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


Exercise 4

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


Exercise 5

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


Exercise 6

Single stroke roll played as groups of twos and fours


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 Staggered Groups Of Two And Four next.