Rudiment Workout: 09-11-2018 (4 Bar Single Stroke Roll In 5/8)

A four step rudiment challenge based on four bars of single stroke roll in 5/8.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing a single stroke roll in the time signature of 5/8 over four bars 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.

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.

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 14.2MB.

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

A Single Stroke Roll played in the Time Signature Of 5/8. I recommend practicing this with a metronome to get a feel for this familiar rudiment in a new timing. Note that all numbered counts are played on right hands and all '+'s on left hands.

A four bar single stroke roll in 5/8.

Step 2

An 'ABAC' Style Structure is used here so the first and third bars have the same pattern with the second and fourth being variations on this. The general concept is to pick out certain numbered counts then add in an '+' count before one or more of these as decoration. Work through the four bars one at a time making sure you are comfortable with each placement before putting the whole thing together.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Add bass drums under all right hand accents whilst keeping time with an eighth note hi hat played with the left foot. The left hand '+' count accents can throw off your timing so focus on placement around those areas.

Adding feet,

Step 4

All standard notes are now played as Ghosted Snares with accents moved around snare, high tom and floor tom. Focus here on the drastic difference in dynamic level between the ghosted and accented notes.


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.