A four step rudiment challenge that combines orchestrated double stroke triplets and double stroke rolls.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves switching from a double stroke triplet to a double stroke roll with feet, accents and orchestrations. 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, accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit and your focus and concentration will be tested with the switch in sticking and timing.
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.
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The starting point for this exercise is essentially two bars of Double Stroke Roll with the first played over eighth note triplets and the second over straight sixteenth notes. The main focus in this exercise will be on this switch between those two rhythms as it can cause problems.
The timing and the way the sticking of the Double Stroke Triplet falls is interesting, it would be worth having a look through some of our lessons on this rudiment to familiarize yourself with it further.
Practicing this part to a metronome is helpful in maintaining a constant pulse, it is very easy to let the rhythm slip in this kind of change. Use the MP3's provided if you are unsure of how this should sound.
In case that starting rhythm wasn't difficult enough for you, you will now be messing with the feel of the part. In the first bar you will accent all right hands which will mimic a bar of minim triplets. In the second bar you accent the right hands on beats 1 and 3, mimicking straight minims. Both accent placements give the bar a slower feel that can be awkward to time correctly. Use a metronome or the MP3 provided to help.
As the rhythm of the hands is a little more difficult, the foot pattern will be left relatively simple. Quarter Notes are played through both bars with both feet. This gives the part a solid foundations that you can latch those complex rhythms to.
Again, the orchestration is relatively straight forward. In both bars, the right hand accents are moved clockwise around the kit starting at the high tom whilst all standard notes stay on the snare.
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.