Rudiment Workout: 14-09-2018 (Two Bar Double Stroke Roll In 7/8)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar sixteenth note double stroke roll in 7/8.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a sixteenth note double stroke roll that is played in 7/8. 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. The focus in this pack is the mirrored effect within the sticking caused by the time signature.

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 11.6MB.

Step 1

Two bars of Double Stroke Roll played as sixteenth notes in the time signature of 7/8. The main feature of this exercise is that when a constant double stroke is played over the two bars, the sticking of the second bar is the exact reverse if the first. Even though the sticking is different, the two bars should sound identical.

A two bar double stroke roll in 7/8.

Step 2

Accents are placed at the start of the first two blocks of four, which in the first bar is on right hands and in the second on left hands. This means you will get a loud stroke followed by a standard stroke which can be an uncomfortable movement, this movement should be the focus of your practice. A third set of accents is also placed on a double towards the end of the bar. Note that the accent placement is the same in both bars so they should sound the same.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays an eighth note count through both bars. The right then picks out eighth notes between the accented notes with some extra sixteenth notes for decoration. The part gets quite quick so focus on those right foot sixteenths.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The orchestration switches between the ride cymbal and high toms. The accented to standard movement will cause this part to be particularly difficult. It will be worth starting slow and building up tempo gradually.


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.