The 10 Stroke Roll!

ten stroke rollHere are some practice tips for mastering and using the ten stroke roll in your playing.

Going by the Percussion Arts Society Drum Rudiments standard list, the ten stroke roll is the number 11 on the list. In order to play the 10 stroke roll effectively, a drummer must be skillful at playing the double stroke roll. Just like other rudiments, the best bait is to start out slow and perfect on each stroke before gradually speeding up.

Very similar to the nine stroke roll, this drum rudiment features 4 sets of double strokes.

The major difference between the ten stroke roll and the nine stroke roll is seen in the single strokes; while the 10 stroke roll has two, the nine stroke roll has one. The drummer will play the 10 stroke roll’s two single strokes at half the double’s speed, pretty similar to what is obtainable with the 6 stroke roll.

Perhaps you should know by now that it is important to master the single and double stroke roll rudiments prior to learning how to play the ten stroke roll. Those two could serve as ideal preliminary exercises for the drum rudiment under review.

The 10 Stroke Roll!

The practice pad is a great tool for learning to play the 10 stroke roll rudiment and you can play with the 32nd note doubles, but you can choose to play them as 16th notes on the drum set. You are free to play with your choice of note values. However, it is essential that you maintain the correlation between the singles and the doubles – you should play the singles at the doubles’ half speed.

The 10 stroke roll is one of the drum rudiments that can be alternated naturally, but can be quite difficult to achieve once it gets faster. As soon as you master playing the 10 stroke roll correctly using a single surface, you should advance to practicing how to apply it to drum beats and drum fills. Here are a couple of exercises to help you;

The half-time tom-tom beat is what is typified in exercise #1. We recommend starting simple initially when practicing this drum beat. Maintain a stable four-on-the-floor pattern of bass drum and accomplish the initial eight note of each double on the individual drum. On count 3, play the snare drum, then on the “and” of count 3, play the open hi-hat. This basis is what is obtainable for this pattern. Once you get this pattern down, the next move is to use the toms to play the 16th note double strokes and in the place of the eight note singles.

Exercise #1: The exercise 2 features another half-time drum beat. You will play the initial eight strokes on the hi-hat. On count 3, you will play the single strokes on the snare drum as well as on the hi-tom. Once you can comfortably play the hand pattern, go ahead to include the bass drum pattern on every quarter note.

Exercise #2: For this subsequent exercise, the stock eight note beats terminate on the next bar, on count 1, in place of the usual “and” of count 4. Therefore, you will play the 10 stroke drum fill beginning on count 2.

Exercise #3: In the course of learning to play this drum fill, you can go on to hit the bass drum on every quarter note, which is an absolutely simple technique for adding your bass drum to the drum fills. A drummer can use this bass drum pattern to add a bit of flavor to just any drum fill featured in the entire drum rudiments. Also, this will help you improve on your foot independence.

With the number 4 exercise, the ten stroke roll starts on count 1. Use your right hand to move the strokes around your toms as your left hand accomplishes a single and doubles on the snare drum. And, to complete this drum fill, you can play a unison between the floor tom and the hi-tom on count 4. As soon as you become skillful at playing this pattern, you can proceed to experiment it with your favorite beats. Also, you can go ahead and experiment with just any drum fill that comes with the drum rudiments. This drum beat is a simple pattern and will help you on the way to acquiring skill on playing a drum fill.

Exercise #4: Once you comfortably complete these exercises, it is time to advance into learning to play the 11 stroke roll rudiment, including the thirteen stroke roll. Subsequently, you can start applying them on the drum set by adopting a number of creative drum fills and drum beats.

Other challenges you can pose to yourself include experimenting with different varieties of the ten stroke roll. For instance, you can shift the two single strokes placement inside of the 10 stroke roll rudiment.

Indeed, drumming is full of musical skills and fun.