The Single Stroke Roll In Staggered Groups Of Two And Four

Creating slightly more complicated orchestrations that move around the kit in staggered groupings.

This lessons follows on from our Single Stroke Roll In Groups Of 2 and 4 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 expand on an idea mentioned in the previous lesson linked above. In that lesson you learned some patterns that moved around the kit in groups of both 2 and 4 and I said that to keep things simple all groups of two would happen twice to prevent the groups of four from starting on an '+' count. This time you will be doing the opposite to create a 'staggered' sound. This sort of falls into the category of Syncopation too as natural accents will be falling on odd beats. These exercises will be even more challenging as there is a lot more to think about but some very interesting patterns are created that will make some particularly 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 feet become a little more useful in these exercises as they give an 'anchor' the where the beats of the bar fall. In later lessons you will experiment with shifting the placement of the feet to further emphasize the syncopated nature of the parts.


Exercise 1

Single stroke roll played as staggered groups of twos and fours


Exercise 2

Single stroke roll played as staggered groups of twos and fours


Exercise 3

Single stroke roll played as staggered groups of twos and fours


Exercise 4

Single stroke roll played as staggered groups of twos and fours


Exercise 5

Single stroke roll played as staggered groups of twos and fours


Exercise 6

Single stroke roll played as staggered 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 Single Stroke Roll Orchestrated In A Triangle Shape next.