Category Archives: Triple-stroke Rolls

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.

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.

Tuesday: Three’s

Let’s play some triple stroke rolls! Three’s, or French rolls, are very common in modern rudimental percussion literature. In addition, they will strengthen your double-stroke rolls, help your flam taps, and teach you how to apply fulcrum pressure effectively. Functional indeed.

Refer to Murray Gusseck’s “MasterClick” article, and download the audio track here. Play three’s for the entire 31-minute mp3. Your options are:

  • Vary rhythm: 1/8th notes, triplets, 1/16th notes, sixtuplets
  • Vary height: All up, all down, crescendo, decrescendo, accented
  • Vary sticking: R r r L l l R …, R l l L r r R …, R r l L l r R …

Have fun, be creative, and get better at three’s! Post experiences to comments.

(Here is a fascinating interview about the farm-to-table movement to listen to while drumming.)