Rudiment Workout: 02-01-2019 (Switching From Singles To Doubles Every Half Bar)

A four step rudiment challenge that combines orchestrated single stroke fours and fives in one bar.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing half a bar of two different rudiments and switching back and forth between them, 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 9.7MB.

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 first two beats of the bar below are played as Single Stroke Roll which then switches to Double Stroke Roll on the 3 count. All notes in the bar should sound exactly the same despite the switch in sticking so focus here on not letting the mid bar change alter the sound. The most common fault in parts like this is allowing the left hand to play softer than the right.

A one bar pattern switching between single and double stroke rolls.

Step 2

For the single strokes, accents are added on the numbered counts. For the doubles, all right hands are accented. Note that there are no left hand accents here so just focus on making those louder notes really stand out.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The foot pattern I've applied here copies the stickings used in the hands but eighth notes are used rather than sixteenths. So for the first half of the bar you play single strokes over the left and right feet then switch that to a double stroke movement for the second half. This pattern would work nicely over two bass drums or a double kick pedal.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Two relatively simple orchestration ideas are used here. The single strokes move around the snare and mid tom in Blocks of Four and the double strokes use an 'Each Hand On A Different Drum' movement. Make sure those accents still stand out.


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.