The Single Stroke Roll Orchestrated In A Triangle Pattern

An interesting alternative to orchestrating the single stroke roll in straight 'blocks'.

This Single Stroke Roll Orchestration lesson will follow an almost completely different idea to those covered previously. So far everything has been based around the idea of moving in set 'blocks' then varying the lengths of those blocks. This time you will be moving in a 'shape' that in my head makes a triangle. This will involve playing one beat each over two drums followed by two notes on a third drum. This will hopefully start to make sense when you play the patterns.

As always, 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. In the last two exercises on the page a block of four is put before the 'triangle' pattern.


Exercise 1

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


Exercise 2

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


Exercise 3

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


Exercise 4

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


Exercise 5

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


Exercise 6

Single stroke roll played in the triangle pattern


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 With Quarter Note Toms next.