Rudiment Workout: 28-12-2018 (Singles To Doubles To Singles To Paradiddles)

A four step rudiment challenge based on four bars of sixteenth notes moving through three different rudiments.

In this lesson you will be learning a four bar exercise that is built from three simple rudiments, 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. The main idea with this exercise is that the same part will be played in each bar but with a different sticking.

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 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

The starting point for the exercise is four bars of sixteenth notes. The first of these is played as Single Stroke, the second as Double Stroke, the third as single stroke again and the fourth as Paradiddle. All four bars should sound identical so focus here on not letting the switch in sticking in each bar affect the sound of the part.

Four bars of sixteenth note moving through three different rudiments.

Step 2

An eighth note '332' Style Rhythm is applied in the accents, and a double sixteenth movement is played on the start of each of these groupings. Again, each bar should sound identical so focus here on the different stickings around the same accent placement. Also, make sure all accents are played at the same dynamic level regardless of which hand plays them.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays a straight eighth note on the hi hat pedal while the right plays the eighth note '332' rhythm inline with the hands. Playing a single kick under that double sixteenth accent movement can be tricky, don't let the hands throw the feet off.

Adding feet,

Step 4

A simple tom orchestration is applied to all accented notes and the same movement is used in each bar. Your focus should still be on making each bar sound identical around the varying sticking.


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.