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 Post subject: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:46 am 
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The Single Stroke Four

This Rudiment used to be called a FOUR STROKE RUFF, but the all mighty powers that be at PASIC changed the name about 10 years ago.

Rhythmically, this rudiment is made up a 16th Note Triplet and an Eighth Note.

The Sticking in Hand To Hand (RLRL or LRLR)

Essentially what we are doing is shoving 3 evenly spaced notes into the space between two 8th Notes.
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It can be phrased many ways in the bar. Here we have two examples: Starting on BEAT One and ending on “& of One”, (above) and then starting on the “& of One” and then end on Beat 2. (below)
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Many drummers make use of this rudiment because it’s easy to play fast, and it’s easy to spread the individual stokes around the drum set.

It is common to accent the 8th Note stroke, but not necessary. I would suggest practicing it with and without the accent.

Follow this link to the Vic Firth Web site to see and hear examples of the Single Stroke Four:
http://www.vicfirth.com/education/rudim ... roke4.html

So, who's got so cool uses for the old RUFF . . . I mean, Single Stroke FOUR?

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 Post subject: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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So, who's got so cool uses for the old RUFF . . . I mean, Single Stroke FOUR?


Carter Beauford loves this rudiment. He'll start the first one on the down beat, then the second one on the 4th 16th note (a) so you can fit 3 into 2 measures. Well, technically you end on the 1 of the 3rd measure. I'd recommend keeping the quarter note pulse on your hi hat so you don't alter the tempo while executing this one. Practice this on one drum, like the snare, then move between drums, or even your hats, each time you start this rudiment. Then you can split it up. For instance, hit the first note on your rack tom, then the last three on the snare. Then try it by hitting the first 2 notes on the rack and the second 2 on the snare. Finally, hit the first 3 notes on the rack and the last accent on the snare. Mix it up around the kit and see what you can come up with.

A cool Bonham style fill I like involves completing the 2nd implied 16th note triplet with the kick. I used this when I was developing heel/toe. For the RLRL sticking version, start with the snare (R), then rack 1 (L), rack 2 (R), floor (L), kick kick. If you don't use 2 rack toms, like Bonham, then do the second R and L on the floor tom so you have snare (R), rack (L), floor (R), floor (L), kick kick. THEN, to practice the LRLR sticking version, simply turn it around. Start with 2 hits on the kick, then floor (L), floor (R), rack (L), snare (R).

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 Post subject: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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RLRRLL wrote:


So, who's got so cool uses for the old RUFF . . . I mean, Single Stroke FOUR?


Carter Beauford loves this rudiment. He'll start the first one on the down beat, then the second one on the 4th 16th note (a) so you can fit 3 into 2 measures. Well, technically you end on the 1 of the 3rd measure. I'd recommend keeping the quarter note pulse on your hi hat so you don't alter the tempo while executing this one. Practice this on one drum, like the snare, then move between drums, or even your hats, each time you start this rudiment. Then you can split it up. For instance, hit the first note on your rack tom, then the last three on the snare. Then try it by hitting the first 2 notes on the rack and the second 2 on the snare. Finally, hit the first 3 notes on the rack and the last accent on the snare. Mix it up around the kit and see what you can come up with.

A cool Bonham style fill I like involves completing the 2nd implied 16th note triplet with the kick. I used this when I was developing heel/toe. For the RLRL sticking version, start with the snare (R), then rack 1 (L), rack 2 (R), floor (L), kick kick. If you don't use 2 rack toms, like Bonham, then do the second R and L on the floor tom so you have snare (R), rack (L), floor (R), floor (L), kick kick. THEN, to practice the LRLR sticking version, simply turn it around. Start with 2 hits on the kick, then floor (L), floor (R), rack (L), snare (R).

I have been messing around with something similar I think.
Left hand on the 8 tom, two quick rights on the 10, left hand on the snare.
Hmm, that would be LRRL. But I think it has the same feel. Plus it's getting me comfortable with starting runs on the left.

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 Post subject: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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I start a LOT of stickings with my left hand.

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What's cool about this is that as each rudiment gets introduced, people can add their own spin. It's like we are writing our own book!

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 Post subject: Re: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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RLRRLL wrote:
What's cool about this is that as each rudiment gets introduced, people can add their own spin. It's like we are writing our own book!

Hah! We'll have to send that off to Hudson and see where it goes!

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 Post subject: Re: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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I feel the need to interject here... and it's rare that I do this when it comes to Toms lessons...

The (original) Ruff and the Single Stroke Four are not the same rudiment by a long shot.

The Ruff (as I was taught MANY years ago) and the Drag are essentially the same rudiment.

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The Four Stroke Ruff (which came later) and the Single Stroke Four are the same,

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I feel a little disambiguation is needed, so as to not confuse the old-timers that may happen upon this place, that learned to play before there were 40 rudiments...

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 Post subject: Re: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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Zen_Drummer wrote:
I feel a little disambiguation is needed, so as to not confuse the old-timers that may happen upon this place, that learned to play before there were 40 rudiments...


You read my mind...although I think the PAS rudiments were already in place by the time I learned to play, I was brought up on the NARD rudiments.

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 Post subject: Re: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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I would also like to add that in a lot of concert play, the Three-Stroke-Ruff has a unique sticking. It can be played extremely fast, getting those oh so nice ruffs that sound like butter.

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 Post subject: Re: RLRRLL's 40 Rudiments Demystified: The Single Stroke Four
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Alan_ wrote:
You read my mind...although I think the PAS rudiments were already in place by the time I learned to play, I was brought up on the NARD rudiments.

Pas was formed in 1961, but had no clout til the mid seventies... NARD was around in the 30's and had George Lawence Stone as a founding member... I grew up on NARD and the 13 essential, and 13 additional exercizes.

The extra 14 in PAS 40 are hybrids of the first 26.

I'm old... these young PAS whipper-snappers dress funny and their music is just plain noise.... :lol:

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