Rudiment Workout: 23-10-2020 (Sextuplet Single Stroke Roll In 6/8)

A fast single stroke roll played as sextuplets in 6/8 with orchestration and feet.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise in hand speed in 6/8 using sixteenth note triplets. There are four steps in building up to the full part, these are presented individually with a quick note about what is happening before the whole part is put together. 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 hand speed, by using this exercise stamina can also 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.

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.

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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.


Step 1

The start point for the exercise is a bar of sixteenth note triplets In 6/8 played as Single Strokes. This will very quickly get very fast so take this opportunity to work on technique, note placement and timing to make things easier as the tempo gets higher.

A bar of 6/8 single stroke roll.

Step 2

Accents are added on all numbered counts except 2. Make sure the accents really stand out from the standard strokes.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot will keep time by playing eighth notes on the hi hat pedal. Kicks are placed on all numbered counts except 2 and 3. Make sure all feet line up with the appropriate hand and that feet don't affect the dynamic level of the hands.

Adding feet.

Step 4

The whole bar is turned into a roll around the kit starting and ending on the snare. Accents all fall on the snare and the toms fall in a manner that prevents hands from having to cross over.

Orchestrating.

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.