This one came to me in a flash of inspiration…

That stupid song, earworm that it is, was running through my head, and I started tapping along to it.

If you don’t know the song (highly unlikely) or can’t remember how it goes (even more unlikely), I suggest you look it up on YouTube. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here it is, in all it’s glory:

Be careful of the lead-in bit. You only play that once, then repeat the bit within the brackets ad nauseum.

It’s a neat little pattern that combines alternating seven-stroke ruffs and single flams into one tidy exercise.

Notice how the second part of the exercise reverses the sticking? Clever, hey…


Then I thought, “What if I want to work on my doubles?”


Work on this for a few minutes a day, and you’ll be 7-stroke-rolling like the pros.

Just remember, the sticking doesn’t reverse, like in exercise 1, so make sure you practice sticking versions a) and b) equally.


I also had a play around with this on my double kick, using the above stickings. It makes for a very nice foot exercise/warmup.


At the very least, these patterns will be a fun (hopefully) and non-boring way of warming up.


Download the full PDF here.


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