Definition[ edit ] Rudimental drumming has something of a flexible definition, even within drumming societies devoted to that form of drumming. Camp Duty Update defines a drum rudiment as an excerpt from a military call with a definite rhythm, definite sticking, definite dynamic structure accents , and a defined nomenclature. The use of pikes in close formation required a great deal of coordination. The sound of the tabor was used to set the tempo and communicate commands with distinct drumming patterns. These drumming patterns became the basis of the snare drum rudiments.
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In this free drum lesson, Lionel Duperron teaches you another of the 40 drum rudiments - the single stroke four, one of the three drum rudiments from the single stroke family of drum rudiments. Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see how this drum rudiment is just a variation on the single stroke roll.
Instead of having a consecutive stream roll of alternating single strokes, the single stroke four has four consecutive alternating single strokes played as triplets - hence its name. It should be counted, 1 trip let 2 3 trip let 4. Practice the single stroke four leading with both hands. Strive for consistent sounding strokes. To start learning the first drum beat from this 40 drum rudiments free video lesson, play a basic quarter note rock drum beat at first - bass drum on counts 1 and 3, snare drum on counts 2 and 4, hi-hat on all quarter notes - but without a hi-hat on count 4.
When you can play it comfortably, add the single stroke four on count 3 of the quarter note rock beat. In the video, Lionel plays the single stroke four with his left hand leading, ending it with the right hand on the snare.
Lead with whatever hand feels more comfortable to you. What matters here is that you play the single stroke four accurately — consistent sounding and evenly spaced strokes. IMG The next pattern in this 40 drum rudiments free video lesson is a tom-tom drum beat.
The single stroke four is played twice, starting on counts 1 and 3, and ending on counts 2 and 4 on the snare drum respectively. Exercise 3 is the first drum fill on this 40 drum rudiments lesson. The pattern is mostly played on the toms. Practicing this exercise slowly at first and for long periods of time will do just that. Remember to always stay relaxed as you practice this drum fill, to avoid repeated stress related injuries.
The next drum fill from this 40 drum rudiments free video lesson, is a variation of the previous one. Watch out for the single stroke four starting on the floor tom on count 3. This section has the same type of challenges we discussed earlier on because of the lack of bounce you get from toms.
If you want to keep studying single stroke based drum rudiments, we encourage you to move on to learn how to play the single stroke seven. In case you want to learn a new type of basic rudimental stroke, then the double stroke roll is the best next thing for you to learn about. Single Stroke Rudiments.
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