A four step rudiment challenge based on four bars double stroke roll played over different note values.
In this lesson you will be learning a four bar exercise built from a double stroke roll played over various different note values, 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.
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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.
Through the four bars below you will note value in each bar. This starts with eighth notes, followed by Eighth Note Triplets, then sixteenth notes and finally back to eighth note triplets again. Through all four bars you will maintain a Double Stroke Roll sticking. This can be tricky over the triplets, the exercises below will be useful.
In the first two bars accent all quarter notes. Through the bar of triplets the sticking will be odd, work through this bar slowly whilst you get familiar with the movement. In the bar of sixteenths a syncopated six note movement is followed and in the final bar of triplets you accent the first right hand of the double stroke sticking. Switching between different accent patterns like this gives another layer of difficulty to the part which will really improve your co-ordination.
A simple quarter note movement is played on both feet.
The full part is moved as a roll both clockwise and anti-clockwise around the kit.
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.