Rudiment Workout: 18-06-2021 (5/4 Single Stroke Rolls With Syncopated Accents)

Playing blocks of five where you would expect blocks of four.

In this lesson you will be learning a one bar sixteenth note pattern in 5/4 using single stroke rolls in blocks of five note groupings. 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 on page three. 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 co ordination, using this exercise you can develop speed by pushing the tempo, multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with orchestration 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

You will start out with basic sixteenth notes played as a Single Stroke Roll. This will feel fairly normal, there is just an extra four strokes in the bar. Take this time to get used to the new time signature making sure dynamic levels and timing is consistent.

Blocks of 5 in 5/4.


Step 2

The singles are split up into five note blocks and in each of these blocks you accent the first two strokes of the same hand. The hand this is played on alternates and you of these Subdivisions through the bar. Really focus here on making sure all accents are played at a consistent volume.

Accenting.


Step 3

Syncopation is only syncopation when is has something to be syncopated against. With that in mind a more straight rhythm is played On The Feet with the right playing quarter notes and the left eighth notes.

Adding Feet.


Step 4

Standard strokes remain on the snare while the double accent movements are moved around the toms in an anti clockwise staggered movement. I have included an extra high tom here (the note on the F line towards the end of the bar), if you don't have this on your kit switch it out with a high tom.

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.