Multiple Bounce Roll

Learn To Play The Multiple Bounce Roll Drum Rudiment!

The multiple bounce roll is mostly associated with orchestral and marching band snare drumming. However, it's still possible to hear the multiple bounce roll being applied to the drum set in drum solos and in popular styles of music like jazz, rock and Latin. The multiple bounce roll was not featured in the standard 26 American drum rudiments, but was one of the 14 drum rudiments that were added to the 26 drum rudiments in 1984 by the Percussive Arts Society. This led to the formation of the 40 international drum rudiments. The multiple bounce roll is also called a buzz roll when you play it close to the surface of a drum.

The multiple bounce roll consists of consecutive and alternating multiple bounce strokes. Each stroke has an undefined number of notes that are produced by pushing the stick into the surface of the drum using a little bit of fulcrum pressure. The number of bounces depends on the amount of pressure you apply to the fulcrum. The more you press the fulcrum the fewer the number of bounces you produce.

The multiple bounced strokes are represented by the double diagonal lines on the note stems from the sheet music below. If you remove the diagonal lines you're left with a single stroke roll. Learn how to play the single stroke roll before going any further with this free drum lesson on the multiple bounce roll.

Multiple Bounce Roll

Work on producing an even amount of pressure on the drumsticks as you practice the multiple bounce roll. Don't squeeze the sticks with the back fingers since it kills most of the bounce. Relax the back fingers and focus on the fulcrum pressure with the thumb and forefinger. As with the single stroke roll, the multiple bounce roll does not alternate within itself. So, it's important you learn how to play the multiple bounce roll leading with both hands. Once you have the multiple bounce roll happening, move on to the next drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat that incorporates two drum rudiments – the single stroke roll and the buzz roll. The first two counts feature a 16th note single stroke roll between the hi-hat and the snare drum. Count 3 has a 16th note buzz roll that ends with a single stroke on count 4. Once the hands are solid, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.
Transitioning from the 16th note single stroke roll on the hi-hat to the 16th note buzz roll on the snare drum is the most challenging part of this exercise. You'll be changing techniques and playing surfaces while doing so. Practicing this drum beat slowly at first will guaranty you get used to transitioning smoothly between surfaces.

Multiple Bounce Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. Having a smooth transition between buzz rolls and single strokes is the main challenge of this exercise as well. The main difference here is that these transitions are played on one single surface instead.

Multiple Bounce Roll #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that this drum fill has the same rhythmic pattern being played twice – one starting on count 1 and the other on count 3. The pattern is exactly the same as the one starting on count 3 of exercise #1 on this free drum lesson. If you've mastered exercise #1 this drum fill will be a walk in the park.

Multiple Bounce Roll #3

Exercise #4 is similar to exercise #3. The bass drum on count 3 of exercise #3 is moved one 8th note to the left, to the "and" of count 2 in this drum fill. The floor tom played on the fourth count of exercise #3 is moved one 8th note to the right – to the "and" of count 4 – with a hi-tom note being added to count 4.

Multiple Bounce Roll #4

Take your time with the material in each of these free drum lessons on the drum rudiments. The drum rudiments take years to master. The more thorough you are at practicing each one of the drum rudiments, the better you'll ultimately be at performing them.

Once you're able to play the multiple bounce roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the double stroke roll next. If you've done that already, check the free drum lessons on other drum rudiments like the triple stroke roll, the single paradiddle, the flam or the drag ruff.