A four step rudiment challenge that combines orchestrated single stroke roll and paradiddles.
In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves switching from a single stroke roll to a paradiddle with feet, accents and orchestrations add. 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.
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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.
Keep an eye on the sticking below the bar, the first bar is all Single Stroke and switches to Paradiddle on beat one of the second bar. Your main area of focus here should be making these two bars sound identical and a big part of this is making sure you left hand matches the right dynamically.
Although the sticking alters for the second bar, the accent placement will be the same for both. This is a great exercise in concentration. As with all accent exercises, ensure the accented notes are considerably louder than the standard note heads. Lift you sticks slightly higher and press in with a little more force.
The left foot is playing quarter notes on the hi hat pedal throughout. Kicks are going to fall on the first accented note of each little block of accents. This creates another subtly different layer of rhythm and the two movements create a good co-ordination exercise.
Up until now the two bars have sounded identical, but the orchestration will cause them to differ. All accented notes will be played on high or floor toms, in the first bar altering between the two and in the second with the right on the floor tom and the left on the high. Around the '+' count of beat 2 in the first bar, the movement from the floor tom back to snare can be uncomfortable, be careful not to clash your hands.
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.