Double Ratamacue

Learn To Play The Double Ratamacue Drum Rudiment!

The double ratamacue builds upon the single ratamacue. This is something that is easily noticeable in the sheet music below. You can see that the double ratamacue is basically a single ratamacue with an extra drag ruff played in front of it. If you've taken the time to go through the free drum lesson on the single ratamacue, you'll have no problems in mastering the double ratamacue.

Double Ratamacue

The double ratamacue is played in 6/8 time signature here. This means you'll have 6 counts per bar, with the 8th notes taking the click. Thus, the left hand double ratamacue on the sheet music below starts on count 1 and ends on count 3, while the right hand double ratamacue starts on count 4 and ends on count 6.

Exercise #1 is a drum beat played in 6/8 time signature. Start by playing the double ratamacues on the hi-hat. Once you feel comfortable with it, move the hands from the hi-hat to the snare drum on count 3 and on the "let" of counts 2 and 5, and from the hi-hat to the floor tom on count 6. Once the hand pattern is under control, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 4.

Double Ratamacue #1

Exercise #2 is a tom-tom drum beat played in 6/8 time signature. If you took your time with exercise #1, you should have no problems in learning how to play this one since they share the same underlying rhythmic hand pattern. You'll notice that the biggest differences here are the bass drum pattern, which is played on all the 8th notes, and a stroke orchestration heavily based on the toms. This pattern has a lot of things happening at the same time so practice it slowly at first.

Double Ratamacue #2

Exercise #3 is a drum fill played in 6/8 time signature. The grace notes are all kept on the snare drum while the remaining strokes are spread around the drums. Moving from the hi-tom to the mid-tom, and vice versa, can lead to a full head-on collision between your hands. This is avoidable if you practice this pattern slowly at first.

Double Ratamacue #3

Exercise #4 is another 6/8 drum fill. This exercise is a great example of how to take the same rhythmic pattern and change it around a little bit. This is achieved by playing different melodies between the drums and performing unison figures between the hi-hats/cymbals and the bass drum. Hope this drum fill really inspires you to start working on your own.

Double Ratamacue #4

The drum beats and drum fills in this lesson have been developed around the same rhythmic figure. With this pattern you can create hundreds of new drum beats and drum fills due to the various instruments included on a typical drum set. This also comes to show how rhythmic patterns used in drum beats can be used and orchestrated differently to come up with drum fills, and vice versa.

Once you feel you have nothing more to take from this free drum lesson, move on to the free drum lesson on the triple ratamacue.