By Tiger Bill Published December 2, 2009
Welcome to the fourth and final installment of my lesson designed to develop both the speed and endurance of your single stroke roll while letting you compare your speed to that of the legendary Buddy Rich, who was capable of maintaining single strokes at speeds of up to about 950 beats per minute (bpm). If you missed any of the other three parts of this lesson, please practice them first before working on this.
Last month I had you practicing each hand separately. This time we'll put both hands together and you should find it relatively easy to maintain a clean, accented single stroke roll, which was one of the trademarks of the great Buddy Rich. First practice each exercise as written and shown in the video demonstration and then reverse the sticking and practice starting with the left hand.
Clean Equal Speed is What We Need!
If you practiced last month's lesson properly, both of your hands should be just about equal in speed. This will allow you to play a clean, effortless accented single stroke roll when you put both hands together. Regardless of how much you improve, continue to keep a daily log and continue to raise the bar on your speed and endurance. Your ultimate goal should be to be able to play any pattern, not just a single stroke roll, at top speed with maximum power and precision and as much endurance as you want. When you aren't limited by your chops you'll find your creativity will greatly increase.
Keep Comparing Your Speed to Buddy
If you regularly use the formula I gave you in the second installment to compare your speed to Buddy's, it will serve as inspiration to continue improving your chops. Here's a quick refresher: Multiply your selected metronome tempo, let's use 167 for example, by the number of strokes you will be playing between each metronome click, let's use 6 for example, and that equals your total beats per minute. In this case 167 X 6 = 1002 bpm. Even if you eventually reach and surpass Buddy's speed, you shouldn't stop there! I truly believe that there is no end to the speed, power, precision, and endurance you can generate with regular practice and the use of Tension Free Drumming concepts.
Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!
Tiger Bill Meligari