Rudiment Workout: 13-07-2018 (2 Bar Decorated Seven Stroke Roll)

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

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing a seven stroke roll with additional sixteenth note decoration, 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.

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 12MB.

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 start point is based on the Seven Stroke Roll but with extra eighth and sixteenth notes added around the gaps that were originally quarter notes. Watch the sticking around these points as sometimes the double stroke movement carries on whilst at other points singles are used. Ensure that the left strikes as hard as the right at all points in the exercise.

A two bar seven stroke roll exercise

Step 2

Accents are placed around the point the quarter is in the original rudiment with some shifted to fall nicely around the additional notes. Focus on the dynamic levels and the difference between the accented and standard notes.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot is playing quarter note on the left foot whilst the right plays kicks in a Single Stroke 4 style rhythm over eighth note triplets. These triplets will fall inline with every other note of the burst of sextuplets.

Adding feet,

Step 4

A relatively simple orchestration is applied, the standard notes are played on toms moving clockwise around the kit in the first bar then back again the second. Note the orchestration of the additional sixteenth notes, they use the same drum as those that follow rather than those that came before. The double strokes of the rudiment can be quite tricky to play on toms as there is much less bounce.


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.