The Single Stroke 5 Played On The Feet

Play the single stroke five using just the feet to develop foot speed and co ordination.

In this lesson you will be developing your foot work by going back to the Single Stroke Five and playing it on the feet rather than the hands. This require a bit 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 three sets of single stroke roll exercises for the feet, each using a different note value. For each note value 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.

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.


Eighth & Half Note Exercises

You will start with a very slow version of the exercise using eighth notes. This will familiarize you with the way the feet work and get your left foot working a bit more before you start speeding things up in the next two exercises.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The quarter note exercise.

Double Kick

The quarter note exercise.

TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 170bpm.

Sixteenth And Quarter Note Exercises

Next you are going to double up the note values and play the same patterns as sixteenth notes. Nothing has changed here except the speed of the exercise.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The eighth note exercise.

Double Kick

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.

Thirty Second And Eighth Note Exercises

Finally, double up again to create thirty second notes.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The sixteenth note exercise.

Double Kick

The sixteenth note exercise.

TASK

    • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 100bpm.