Rudiment Workout: 11-05-2018 (Two Bar 16th Note Five Stroke Roll)

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 16th note five 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, 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 9.4MB.

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 16th Note Five Stroke Roll. 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 single stroke four played over two bars.

Step 2

Accents are added mostly on numbered counts. This may sound like it will be easy but for the second and third accented notes, the first note of a double stroke is accented. When playing this make sure it is only the first stroke that is accented and note the second, not as easy as it sounds!

Adding accents.

Step 3

This foot ostinato is created by combining a straight quarter note rhythm on the left foot with a more complex rhythmic part on the right. This has almost a groove like feel to it. When working on the placement of the bass drums, line them up with the hands where appropriate.

Adding feet,

Step 4

A fairly simple orchestration is used that will add to the groove feel started with the bass drums in the last step. The right hand is going to be positioned on the ride with the left on the hi hat. On counts 2 and 4 a snare is played and some ride bells are used for those right hand accents on the ride. The hi hat also opens towards the end of the second bar.


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.