Eleven Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Eleven Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

The eleven stroke roll incorporates five sets of double strokes, and a single stroke. You can think of the eleven stroke roll as a ten stroke roll where the first single is doubled, or as a nine stroke roll with an extra set of double strokes. If you've practiced any of those drum rudiments beforehand, you should have no problems with the eleven stroke roll.

Eleven Stroke Roll

In the video, Lionel Duperron teaches you how to play the eleven stroke roll on the practice pad with 32nd note doubles and a 16th note single. However, he applies the eleven stroke roll to the drum set with 16th note doubles and an 8th note single instead. You can work with whichever note values you feel more comfortable with. The important thing here is to play the doubles twice as fast as the single. Practice leading the eleven stroke roll with both hands separately. Once you feel confident in your abilities to play the eleven stroke roll, take the next drum beats and drum fills to your kit and start shedding away.

Exercise #1 mixes a 16th note tom-tom drum beat with a 16th note broken hi-hat drum beat. The eleven stroke roll is broken up between the hi-hat and the snare drum on count 1, the floor tom and the snare drum on count 2, and the hi-hat and snare drum on count 3. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on all quarter notes. Displacing hi-hat notes to other drums is a great idea for coming up with new drum beats.

Eleven Stroke Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. The eleven stroke roll is broken up between the bow of the ride cymbal and the hi-hat in the first two counts. The stronger hand plays the last double of the eleven stroke roll on the floor tom on count 3, while the left hand performs a single stroke snare shot on the "and" of count 3. Once you can play the hand pattern comfortably, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Eleven Stroke Roll #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The eleven stroke roll is scattered around the drums. The weaker hand is kept on the snare drum while the stronger hand moves around the toms playing double strokes.

Eleven Stroke Roll #3

Exercise #4 is very similar to the previous one. The weaker hand is once again kept on the snare drum playing the exact same part as on exercise #3. The stronger hand plays the exact same pattern as well, but it does so by going around the toms in the opposite direction.

Eleven Stroke Roll #4

Once you're able to play the eleven stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by practicing the eleven stroke roll with the single stroke placed at the beginning of the rudiment instead of at the end. If you'd rather learn how to play new drum rudiments, check the free drum lessons on the thirteen stroke roll and the fifteen stroke roll instead.