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Four Stroke Ruff

Four Stroke Ruff Rudiment Sheet Music

Three grace note single strokes followed by an accented note.

There seems to be some confusion as to whether PAS considered the Four Stroke Ruff to be the same as the Single Stroke Four when creating their list of 40 rudiments.

While the sticking pattern is the same, I personally consider the Four Stroke Ruff to be a separate rudiment to the Single Stroke Four as the arrangement of the grace notes and accented note is not present in PAS's example for the Single Stroke Four. If, however, PAS do indeed consider these two rudiments to be the same, the dynamics should be present in their written example.

Some publications also list a "Closed" variation on the sticking.

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