Category Archives: Double-stroke Rolls

Friday: New Grid

Warm-up: Spend some time reminding yourself how to play The Triplet Grid. “My Moon My Man” by Feist can supply a good tempo if desired.

Skill work: Today we are going to try a new kind of grid, specifically where you keep the accent constant and shift the rudiment. Here it is, in classic 4-2-1 format, keeping a single accent on the first partial while moving the diddle from the first to second to third partial:

Spend 15 minutes working on this isolated diddle grid with a metronome, from 80 bpm up to 180 bpm.

Challenge: This one grid should open up a whole new plethora of possibilities: simply substitute a different rudiment, change the accent to a different partial, go backwards, etc. Here are some more options to stimulate your experimentation:

Happy gridding! Please share with friends and family as well. Anyone on Rudimental Hands auditioning for a drum corps or indoor drumline this season? Post to comments!

Monday: Threes and Fours

Warm-up: Spend a few minutes playing paradiddle-diddles and threes in time with “I’ve Changed Too” by Justin Kalk Orchestra.

Skill work: The focus of today is mastering three- and four-strokes:

Emphasize even rhythm and sound, and let the heights flow naturally (do not concern yourself with super low taps). This exercise should make you aware of your fulcrum pressure as well.

Challenge: Can you add diddles? See below:

Go slowly (1/4 note = 80 bpm to start), and strive for perfect diddles. This is a fun one!

Post tempos to comments.

Friday: Hand Speed Rolls

Warm-up: Spend 4 minutes playing triple beats and flam taps in time with “Tenderoni” by Chromeo.

Skill work: The name of the game is Hand Speed Rolls:

The priorities here are perfect rhythmic interpretation and immaculate tempo maintenance. Notice too that this roughly follows a 4-2-1 pattern, so spend more time on the 4’s and 2’s before tackling the 1’s, especially with the last variation. Tempo range is 100 – 160 bpm.

Challenge: Can you play variations 3 and 4 with singles on the triplets? What about playing variation 4 with accents on the 1/16th notes? Off the left? The possibilities are endless; be creative.

Post tempos, heights, and variations to comments.

Tuesday: Double Beat Shuffle

Warm-up: Spend a few minutes playing some accent-to-tap variations to the tune of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Pomplamoose.

Skill work: Today we will focus on a classic exercise called Double Beat Shuffle:

Begin slowly (dotted 1/4 note = 120 bpm), and notice how each variation builds upon the last. If you are a marching percussionist, strive to play the accents more with your wrist; if you primarily play drumset, use some Moeller technique to help.

Challenge: How fast (and smooth, with perfect technique) can you play variation 4? If this becomes too easy, then try adding a diddle on the middle partial of every triplet (R ll R R ll R…).

Post experiences, techniques, and tempos to comments.

Thursday: Double-Stroke Roll

Warm-up: Pick a rudiment and grid it at least 4 different ways. Your options could include (but are not limited to): RH lead, LH lead, forwards, backwards, 4-2-1, 1-2-4, triplets, 16th’s, etc.

Skill work: Today we will revisit Murray Gusseck’s MasterClick article and play a double-stroke roll. Sticking options include:

  • R R L L R R L L
  • L L R R L L R R
  • R L L R R L L R
  • L R R L L R R L

Be creative and vary the dynamics over the course of the 31 minutes as well. Here is the mp3: MasterClick.

Also, here is an interesting podcast about technology and modern society to listen to while drumming.

Post experiences and thoughts to comments.


Warm-up: Spend 4 minutes playing three’s (RRR LLL) and tap five’s (R llrr L rrll). Use “Earth” by Imogen Heap for tempo.

Skill work: Introducing a new pattern today: ABAA BABB. This means play pattern A, then pattern B, then pattern A twice. Then repeat off the “B” pattern. Check it out below, using 16th’s (A) and 32nd’s (B) as the two patterns:

Spend some time working these patterns out, always with a metronome, and also feel free to experiment with other stickings (paradiddle the 32nd’s, double the 16th’s, etc.).

Challenge: Read “Reflecting on The Red Plane” by Lydia Ness, an article explaining the deeper meaning behind RCC’s show this season. What is your red plane, your dream, your passion?

Post tempos, heights, and red planes to comments.

Wednesday: Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs

Warm-up: Spend 3 minutes playing flam taps and inverted flam taps. Use “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele for tempo, and vary between 1/8th notes and triplets.

Skill work: Take a look at Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs. Work through these sticking patterns slowly, striving for even rhythms and consistent sounds. Notice the 5 over 4 pattern in the “Half’s” variation. Play both at one height (A) and at two heights (B).

Challenge: Can you play Doubles and Puh-Duh-Duhs with 4 different grips? Try both matched, both traditional, RH matched – LH traditional, and RH traditional – LH matched.

Post tempos, heights, and grips to comments.