Rudiment Workout: 07-12-2018 (4 Bar Double Stroke Roll In 5/8)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a four bar double stroke roll in 5/8.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a double stroke roll in the time signature of 5/8, 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, which I recommend you learn 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 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 10MB.

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 four bar Double Stroke Roll played as semi quavers in the time signature of 5/8. If you are new to this time signature keep an eye on the counting below the bar and use the MP3 provided to help familiarize yourself with the rhythm. Note that the second and fourth bars of the pattern have the exact reverse sticking of the first and third. You should also use this exercise to ensure you stick heights match, your left hand is hitting with as much force as the right and that your grip is correct.

The double stroke roll in 5/8 played over two bars.

Step 2

Accent the first double stroke of each bar. In the first and third bar this will be two right hands and in the second and fourth these will be lefts.

Adding accents.

Step 3

An eighth note hi hat pedal is played throughout. Over the first two bars the right foot plays kicks on every other eighth note starting on the 1, with an extra sixteenth added as decoration. In the third bar you play every other quaver starting on the 2 with an extra sixteenth then the same is repeated in the fourth bar with an extra kick added on the end. Focus here on ensuring all feet line up with the appropriate hand.

Adding feet,

Step 4

In the first and third bar the part is orchestrated around toms in a similar movement to the Each Hand On A Different Drum concept. In the second and fourth bars a similar movement is applied but the ride cymbal is included. In the last bar this is played with the left hand which may feel odd, focus on making those strokes nice and strong.


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 a long with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step up 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.