A triple stroke roll with variations.
In this lesson ou will be learning an exercise in 4/4 using eighth note triplets in a Three Stroke Roll Stickings. There are four steps in building up to the full part and the intention is for you to use the given parts first as written then to develop them into your own versions of the exercise.
As well as concentration, speed and stamina can be improved by upping the tempo of the pattern, multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. To further help with the speed side of the part, follow our 'Two Minute Rule' practice technique which you can find on the website.
When learning the parts, take your time and ensure note placement, technique and timing 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. After the full exercise you will find a list of suggested tempos. A metronome should be be used as much as possible when playing these parts.
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.
This is based on a similar rudiment workout lesson where the idea was Applied In 3/4.
NOTE: this download is 7.9MB.
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.
The accent pattern is a Palindrome, meaning it is the same backwards as it is forwards. More practically, beats 1 and 4 have the first and third note accented and the 2 and 3 just have the first accented. There is a lot of flicking between accented and standard strokes with the same hand, make sure the two different volume levels are distinctly different.
On beats 1 and 3 kicks are placed in line with accents. Then on 2 and 4 the kicks fall on the standard strokes. Whilst this is happening the left foot plays quarter notes on the hi hat pedal. Spend time focusing on note alignment.
A very simple orchestration is applied that involves switching to a different drum on Each Numbered Count. Make sure the accents stand out when played on toms.
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.