Rudiment Workout: 01-06-2018 (2 Bar Seven Stroke Roll With Alternate Rhythm)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar sixteenth note seven stroke roll using a slightly altered rhythm in 4/4.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a 16th note seven 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 11.5MB.


Step 1

Two bars worth of Seven Stroke Roll. The sticking should be familiar but the rhythm it is applied over is a little different. Rather than using the usual quarter note for the longer note of the pattern, an eighth note is used instead. This causes the rudiment to flick between starting on a numbered count and an '+' count which creates a slightly syncopated rhythm.

Your main area of focus here should be getting comfortable with the rhythm. You should also make sure all stick heights are the same and all notes are played at the same dynamic level.

The seven stroke roll using an altered rhythm.

Step 2

The intention with the accent placement is to give an exercise in single accent placement within double strokes. This movement happens on beats 4 of the first bar and beat 1 of the second. You need to make sure here that the first stroke is played with a high stroke and a lot of force with the next note played softly.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The bass drum pattern applied here is a constant eighth note that adds in a swung sixteenth movement whenever an eighth note is played on the hands.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The orchestration is based on the 'One Hand Per Drum' orchestration linked below for the standard notes with the accented notes darting back to the snares. This movement continues the idea presented in step 2 of only accenting one note within a double and pushes the difficulty a little more.


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.