Fifteen Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Fifteen Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

The fifteen stroke roll combines seven sets of double strokes with a single stroke. You can think of the fifteen stroke roll as a thirteen stroke roll with an extra set of doubles.

Learning how to play the thirteen stroke roll will be very helpful in mastering the fifteen stroke roll a lot quicker, since the techniques required to play both are the same.
The fifteen stroke roll is one of the longest drum rudiments in the 26 drum rudiments. Therefore, making it sound smooth and consistent is a great challenge. Practice leading the fifteen stroke roll with both hands since it does not alternate within itself.

Fifteen Stroke Roll

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. The fifteen stroke roll is scattered between the hi-hat and the snare drum on the first three counts, and between the hi-tom and the snare drum on the last count. Once you're able to play the hand pattern flawlessly, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Fifteen Stroke Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. The fifteen stroke roll is scattered between the bow of the ride cymbal and the hi-hat on the first two counts, between the hi-tom and the hi-hat on count 3, and between the hi-tom and the snare drum on count 4. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on all quarter notes. When you feel you have this pattern under your belt, experiment using different bass drum patterns – a good idea is to use the ones from the drum beats in the other free drum lessons in this website.

Fifteen Stroke Roll #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The fifteen stroke roll is distributed between the floor tom and the snare drum in the first two counts, between the mid-tom and the hi-tom in the third count, and is finally played on the snare drum for count 4.

Fifteen Stroke Roll #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill that incorporates cymbals. Watch out for the hi-hat/crash combination on count 4; you'll be playing three strokes in a row with one hand – a triple stroke. Take drum fills from the free drum lessons in this website and replace some of the drum strokes with cymbal strokes – it's a great way of spicing things up.

Fifteen Stroke Roll #4

Once you're able to play the fifteen stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by practicing the fifteen 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 a new drum rudiment, check the free drum lesson on the seventeen stroke roll instead.