How to Play the Double Paradiddle

The Double Paradiddle is a variation of the Paradiddle but instead of the 4 strokes that play the Paradiddle there are 6 in the Double Paradiddle and it is normally a rudiment that is played in sextuplet feel. Take a look at this video and I’ll walk you through the double paradiddle sticking and how […]

How to Play a 5 Stroke Roll

A five stroke roll is played like this RRLLR or LLRRL. Take a few minutes and watch my video lesson on how to play the 5 stroke roll before you go further into the lesson. Watching it actually played out and hearing the sound might make the following musical notation and exercises easier to understand. […]

How to Play a Flam Accent

The Flam Accent is a very important rudiment to practice because it works your triplet feel, your double sticking and your flams. Take a look at this video and I’ll go over the flam accent for you. In musical notation, the flam accent looks like this: The first thing to do is to play a […]

How to Develop Finger Technique for Snare Drum

Finger technique or finger control of the snare drum stick is an important skill for every percussionist to practice. It is a necessary technique to have for playing fast single strokes, playing quietly as well as general playing all around. Practice playing the exercise 8 on a hand where you play 8 strokes with your […]

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: […]

How to Play an Even Sounding Open Stroke Roll

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 […]

How to Play a Ruff on the Snare Drum

Like all rudiments for snare drum the word “Ruff” is onomatopoeic. The word sounds like the action or the sound of the rudiment itself. It’s important to remember this so when you’re learning to play your Ruffs you will know how they’re supposed to sound. If you can roll your “R’s” when you say the […]