Rudiment Workout: 06-04-2018 (Two Bar Double 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 double 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 10.2MB.

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 Double Stroke Roll. This is obviously fairly 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. In this rudiment it is very easy to neglect the left hand. Also check that your grip is correct.

The double stroke roll played over two bars.

Step 2

Accents are added through both bars to give the part a more musical feel. All accents are applied in blocks of two and similar shapes are used throughout. You should be focusing here on making sure those accents stand out from the other notes whilst maintaining correct hand technique.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The Foot Ostinato added here is quite tricky. A quarter note hi hat is played with the left foot throughout whilst the bass drum plays in time with each accented eighth note. This is a really good workout for your general co-ordination.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Finally, you are going to Move The Accented Notes around the kit starting on the floor tom. Each double stroke will be played on the same drum so there won't be any really nasty jumps around the kit. Once you get your hand around the movement it actually flows really nicely clockwise around the toms.


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.