The Four Stroke Ruff Played On The Feet

Using the four stroke ruff as a foot stamina and co ordination exercise.

In this lesson you will be developing your foot work by going back to the Four Stroke Ruff and playing it on the feet rather than the hands. This require a lot of co ordination and independance with your feet, but the exercise will help improve this. Check out our level 1 and level 2 exercises lists for more exercises for developing these areas of your playing.

You will be given two sets of four stroke ruff exercises for the feet, each using a different version of the sticking. For each exercise you will be given a version where the feet are split between the bass drum and hi hat and a second version using double bass drum. If you don't have a double pedal or two bass drums on your kit, the hi hat and bass drum exercise acheives exactly the same thing. These exercises are constructed in a similar way to our Single Stroke Roll On The Feet and Double Stroke Roll but using the paradiddle sticking.

When playing these exercises make sure your left foot is playing at the same volume as the right. Because this is generally your weaker foot it may need some attention.


Standard Exercises

We'll start out with the original sticking which has all quarter notes played on the kick.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The standard exercise.

Double Kick

The standard exercise.


Alternate Exercises

Then reverse this so all quarter notes are played on the hi hat.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The reverse exercise.

Double Kick

The reverse exercise.


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 100bpm.
  • Play hands in time with the feet.