Rudiment Workout: 10-09-2021 (5/4 FLRL)

A specific hand to foot movement in 5/4, a good co ordination challenge.

In this lesson you will be learning a 5/4 exercise built from a specific combination of hands and feet played as semi quavers. This is a great exercise in building up co ordination, particularly when played at higher tempos. There are three steps in building up the full part, these are presented individually with a 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 co ordination, hand speed and stamina can be developed by playing the part at various tempos for varying lengths of time, 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. To further help with the speed side of the part, follow our 'Two Minute Rule' practice technique.

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 will be the simplest form of the movement, which is a Kick Followed By Three Snares. This four note block is played five times to complete the bar of 5/4. The sticking for the hands follows standard singles, meaning the first stroke you play is with the left.

The base movement.


Step 2

Accent the last left hand in each block.

Accenting.


Step 3

The accented strokes are going to stay on the snare whilst the two standard strokes of each block play on a tom. The toms move clockwise around the kit and I have used two non standard toms here.

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.