How to Play Measured Rolls

A Measured roll is a way of keeping track of the beat that you are playing when you are rolling and depending on the tempo you can roll in either a duple or a triple subdivision.

Watch this Video Lesson on How to Play Measured Rolls

This is how to think of playing duple subdivision:
duple subdivision

And this is triple subdivision:
triple subdivision

When you practice these two exercises make sure that you keep the base rhythm steady. Don’t change what your hands are doing; just let the sticks bounce when you see the double slash on the note stem and don’t let the sticks bounce when the note stems are plain.

Measured Roll Exercises with a Duple Base Rhythm

duple base rhythm exercise 1

Measured Roll Exercises with a Triplet Base Rhythm

triplet base rhythm exercise 1

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