The open stroke roll is played by bouncing your sticks twice RRLLRRLL but it’s a common problem for the snare drummer to sound like RrLlRrLl which is very uneven.
In order to develop a more even sounding open stroke roll you need to practice playing it like this with an accent on the second R and the second L. rR lL rR lL
Learn how to play even sounding open stroke rolls by watching this video I made on the shores of an Island on the St Lawrence among the Thousand Islands.
- To play the rebound louder I use my fingers to snap the stick to create an accent.
- Play this by starting very slowly and then gradually pick up speed until you can play no faster without getting tense. Then slow down
- Keep practicing slow to fast to slow and each time you practice try to get a little faster each time but don’t get tense.