Rudiment Workout: 25-05-2018 (2 Bar Single Stroke 4)

A four step rudiment challenge based on two bar single stroke four using an altered rhythm.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves playing a single stroke four in an altered rhythm with feet, accents and orchestrations added. The purpose of this 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. When you get step 4 over around 110bpm, it can be turned into a really cool sounding 1 bar fill.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged 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 14MB.

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 base rudiment here is the Single Stroke Four, the rhythm used may be new to you though. Rather than starting the rudiment on each beat of the beat, an eighth note rest is left at the end of each occurrence which creates a really cool Syncopated Rhythm. Look at the counting below or use the MP3 provided for clarification if you are unsure of how this should sound.

A two bar single stroke four exercise

Step 2

Accents are placed either at the start or end of the rudiment. In both bars the first block has the first beat accented then the rest of the bar alternates.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot counts crotchets while the left plays in time with the start of each block of rudiment. The bass drum ends up playing a fairly common syncopated rhythm ('333322').

Adding feet,

Step 4

Back in step 2 I mentioned that two accent placements were used, well the orchestration follows the same idea. All blocks that start with an accented note are orchestrated in a Triangle Style pattern while those that have the last note accented use a slight variation on this.


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.