Rudiment Workout: 04-05-2018 (Two Bar Single Stroke 4)

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

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a single stroke four, 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.

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

NOTE: this download is 10.4MB.

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 Four. This is hopefully familiar but you should take some time to ensure you are using correct technique, your stick heights match and your left hand is hitting with as much force as the right. The left hand is playing on all the main quarter note counts so it is important you play these firmly.

The single stroke four played over two bars.

Step 2

Accents are placed on select numbered counts with two of these being 'pre empted' with an accent on the triplet note before. Any accent that is on a numbered count is to be played with a left hand, make sure this hits with enough force to make those notes really stand out.

Adding accents.

Step 3

I've applied a groove style foot ostinato here where the left foot is simulating a common time '2 and 4' snare pattern. The kicks are simple eighth notes on '+' counts but when applied under this hand pattern it becomes a little trickier. A lot of the kicks fall on the start of a triplet.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The orchestration here is relatively simple, the accented notes are just moved around the kit. The biggest complication is that the floor tom at the very start is played with a left hand so when the part is repeated a cross over will be necessary.


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.