Rudiments In Action – Single Stroke Roll and Single Stroke Four

by Omar on May 17, 2009

in Education

Hello everyone!  This installment of The Paradiddler features the second video in the "Rudiments In Action" series.  Last time we focused on the single paradiddle.  This time the focus is on the single stroke roll and the single stroke four.

The "Rudiments In Action" moniker is new for The Paradiddler.  In essence, the name says what I'm doing:  finding how drummers use rudiments in interesting ways in the songs we like.  Yes, we can practice them, and doing so will help us become better drummers.  But it's more fun when we actually hear them in action (hence the name), and even more so when we discover it when we didn't notice it before!

I figured that the only way I'm going to recognize 'rudiments in action' is to actually know what they are!  Well, there're 40 of them, so I have a ways to go yet.  They may not all be included in this series, but as I find them, you'll see them here.

This video features an instrumental by Rush where I found the above-mentioned rudiments, with the examples fully explained and illustrated.  All comments, suggestions (praise!) are welcome; I hope you enjoy it!





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will June 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

No I haven’t heard the tune or lick he is referring to but my ears understand the PHRASING of the stickings/rudiments and the way you are phrasing on this video is a single stroke 4. To get a great understanding of rudiments check The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary by John Ramsay as taught by Alan Dawson. As for the 4stroke and the waltz FT H H, FT H H listen to the lick and transcribe it. Peace

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Omar June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Hey Will.

Thanks very much for the info! Very much appreciated. See, that’s what I’m talkin’ about folks! 🙂

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will June 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

It’s single 4

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