Rudiment Workout: 04-01-2019 (Single Stroke 4 To Single Stroke 5)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two rhythm built from single stroke 4 and 5.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise based on a two bar rhythm built from single stroke four and single stroke five, the purpose of which 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 pushed 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 and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. This set of exercises is particularly useful for building up your weaker hand due to the alternating nature of the triplet 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. This lesson is considered a sample of our premium download packs and can be downloaded for free on the link below.

NOTE: this download is 10.3MB.

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.

Step 1

The start point is a two bar rhythm built from Single Stroke 4 and Single Stroke 5. Some of these have an eighth note rest between whilst some move straight through, use the MP3 provided if you are unsure of how this should sound. Each occurrence of the rudiment starts on a right hand.

A two bar rhythm created from two rudiments played in an odd rhythm.

Step 2

In the first bar accent the first note of each rudiment, then in the second accent the final note. Focus here on making those accents really stand out, paying particular attention to that left hand accent in the second bar.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays a constant eighth note on the hi hat pedal whilst the right places a kick in between each occurrence of the rudiment.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Accents remain on the snare whilst standard notes mostly follow a 'Triangle' Shaped orchestration. There is a lot of variation in this orchestration so pay attention to what note is being played.


Full Exercise

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.