Single Ratamacue

Learn To Play The Single Ratamacue Drum Rudiment!

The single ratamacue is a dragged 16th note triplet single stroke four. Make sure you check the free drum lessons on the drag ruff and on the single stroke four before going any further with this one. Be thorough in the way you approach the material in those free drum lessons. Doing so will make it a lot easier for you to master the single ratamacue. Focus on playing consistent sounding grace notes and single stroke fours while keeping a very relaxed grip.

Single Ratamacue

Exercise #1 is a 16th note triplet drum beat. Start by playing the single ratamacue on the closed hi-hat on all counts. Once this feels comfortable to you, move the last stroke from the single ratamacue on counts 2 and 4 to the snare drum. Finally, add the bass drum on all quarter notes by lining up each stroke with the primary stroke on each drag ruff.

Single Ratamacue #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note triplet drum beat. Start by practicing this exercise like you did with the previous one. Then, move the last two notes of the single ratamacue on counts 2 and 4 to the snare drum. Once you have that down, add the bass drum as notated on the sheet music below.

Single Ratamacue #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note triplet drum fill. Except for the strokes on the "and" of each count, this drum fill is mostly played on the hi-tom. Leading this drum fill with your stronger hand will make it a lot easier for you to move around the drums.

Single Ratamacue #3

Exercise #4 is another 16th note triplet drum fill. This pattern combines two single ratamacues on counts 1 and 2, with a 16th note triplet single stroke roll that goes down the drums on counts 3 and 4. This is another great example of how to mix different drum rudiments to come up with slick sounding drum fills.

Single Ratamacue #4

Once you feel you have nothing more to take from this free drum lesson, move on to the free drum lesson on the double ratamacue.