Sticking For The Double Stroke Roll

A simple rudiment where two strokes are played with each hand.

A double stroke roll will sound identical to a single stroke roll when played, the difference is in the way you play it. As the name suggests, you can are going to double up each hand giving 'R R L L' as the rudiment sticking.

There are several reasons you should learn this. Firstly it is a great strength and stamina building exercise for your hands, it will also push your co ordination a little more than the singles do. From the practical and musical view point, it will eventually allow you to throw in some quick embellishments in grooves and fills that will sound awesome. It will also open up new concepts for your playing.

The exercises given below are the most basic versions of this rudiment, but they are important to master. It is also incredibly important at this stage to ensure your grip is correct and you are using proper technique.

Sticking is given for each exercise. If you play left handed, reverse the sticking. Exercises 1 to 3 are the rudiment played as Crotchets, Quavers and Semi Quavers and exercises 4 to 6 have the sticking reversed. This is a very useful and important concept as it will greatly improve the independence of your hands.


Exercise 1

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as crotchets.

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as crotchets.


Exercise 2

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as quavers.

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as quavers.


Exercise 3

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as semi quavers.

A Double Stroke Roll in standard sticking as semi quavers.


Exercise 4

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as crotchets.

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as crotchets.


Exercise 5

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as quavers.

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as quavers.


Exercise 6

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as semi quavers.

A Double Stroke Roll in reversed sticking as semi quavers.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all 6 exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.