Rudiment Workout: 30-03-2018 (Two Bar Single Stroke Roll)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar single stroke roll in 4/4.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a single stroke roll, 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, which I recommend you learn 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.

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 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. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

NOTE: this download is 13MB.

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

A two bar Single Stroke Roll. This is obviously very basic but you should use this exercise to ensure you stick heights match and your left hand is hitting with as much force as the right. Also check that your grip is correct.

The single stroke roll played over two bars.

Step 2

Accents are added through both bars to give the part a more musical feel. All accents fall on a right hand and will be played on either a numbered or '+' count. You should be focusing here on making sure those accents stand out from the other notes.

Adding accents.

Step 3

A simple foot ostinato is added as Eighth Notes alternating between the bass drum and hi hat. Whilst this is a basic foot movement, you need to make sure that your hands don't alter what they were playing from the previous step. You will notice that the accents sometimes fall with a right foot and sometimes a left, that is where the co-ordination challenge lies.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Finally, you are going to Move The Accented Notes around the kit starting on the snare. This means the right hand will be jumping between the snare and toms. Here you should be focusing on making sure the right hand hits dead center of the drum it is playing, even when it is moving around the kit. The eighth notes on the feet should also remain consistently strong.


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 a long with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step up 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.