The Double Stroke Roll With Hands On Different Drums

A very straight forward orchestration of the double stroke roll designed to give the rudiment a 'melody'.

This lessons follows on from our Double Stroke Roll Sticking lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson. It is also very similar to this lesson using the Single Stroke Roll.

In this first double stroke roll orchestration concept each hand will just play a different drum. For example, in the first exercise the right hand plays the floor tom and the left hand plays the high tom. This is a great one for giving the rudiment a melodic feel and will be particularly useful when our rudiments start getting more complex.

I could put a note with each exercise explaining where each hand goes. However, I have chosen not to to test your knowledge of parts of the kit. There is a useful list here if you need a quick recap.

Remember, you hands will always be playing a double stroke roll in all exercises on this page. In the later exercises the orchestration switches at various points in the bar. I have included feet in all exercises, it may be worth removing them whilst you are learning the orchestration then adding them back in later. Experiment with using different feet patterns from our previous lessons.


Exercise 1

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 2

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 3

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 4

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 5

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 6

Double stroke roll with each hand playing a different drum


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get both all up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
  2. Create your own orchestrations using this concept. Write down at least 2 of these.
  3. Experiment with different feet patterns in each exercise.