Single Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Single Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

If you're new to the 26 drum rudiments this is the perfect place for you to start honing your rudimental skills. Of the 26 drum rudiments this is the one you should start to learn how to play first. The single stroke roll consists of alternating strokes played between your hands – R(right) L(left) R L R L…etc.

No matter the hand you start playing it with, it's important to learn how to play the single stroke roll leading with both hands. Practice with a metronome, start slowly and work your way up. Relax and take your time; nothing good comes fast.

Single Stroke Roll

Once you can play the proper stroke sequence in time with a metronome, start applying the single stroke roll to the drum set with the next four exercises.

The single stroke roll in exercise #1 is played as 16th notes between the hi-hat and the snare drum. Start by playing the single stroke roll on the hi-hat. Once you have that down, take the leading hand off of the hi-hat and hit the snare drum on counts 2 and 4. Finally, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.

Single Stroke Roll #1

Just like with the previous exercise, the single stroke roll here is played as 16th notes between the hi-hat and the snare drum. The leading hand plays the hi-hat on all the "ands" and on counts 1 and 3, and snare shots on counts 2 and 4. Keep the weaker hand close to the snare drum so you're able to play very soft ghost notes on the "e's" and "ahs" of each count. Once you've mastered the hand pattern, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.

Single Stroke Roll #2

With exercise #3 we move to the drum fill section of this free video drum lesson. The single stroke roll starts on the snare drum and moves down the toms, with four strokes being played per drum.

Single Stroke Roll #3

The last drum fill on this free drum lesson is a variation on the previous one. It's a half-bar drum fill where the single stroke roll starts on the snare drum and moves down the toms, with two strokes being played per drum.

Single Stroke Roll #4

As you go through the free drum lessons in this website, always remember that good things don't come fast. It takes hard work and especially a lot of perseverance to become proficient with any musical instrument. Some things will come easier to you than others. If you keep at it YOU WILL succeed. Just keep a positive mindset and most important of all, enjoy the ride.

Once you're able to play the single stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the drum rudiments. If you want to keep studying single stroke based drum rudiments, we encourage you to learn how to play the single stroke four. If you'd rather learn how to play other drum rudiments, check the free drum lessons on the double stroke roll and the multiple bounce roll.