Ten Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Ten Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

You can think of the ten stroke roll as a nine stroke roll with an extra single stroke added in; or as a six stroke roll with two extra sets of doubles. Learning how to play the six stroke roll and the nine stroke roll beforehand is a great idea. The nine stroke roll contains the same amount of doubles as the ten stroke roll, and the six stroke roll contains the same amount of singles as the ten stroke roll. So mastering the two of them will make it a lot easier for you to develop the ten stroke roll.

Ten Stroke Roll

In the video, Lionel Duperron teaches you how to play the ten stroke roll on the practice pad with 32nd note doubles and 16th note singles. However, he applies the ten stroke roll to the drum set with 16th note doubles and 8th note singles 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 singles. Practice leading the ten stroke roll with both hands separately. Once you're able to play the ten stroke roll pretty accurately, it's time to move on to the drum beats and drum fills below.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note half-time tom-tom drum beat. The doubles are spread between the floor tom and the hi-tom on counts 1 and 2. The singles are moved to the snare drum on count 3 and to the open hi-hat on the "and" of count 3. Once you have the hand pattern down, add the bass drum on all quarter notes. Don't forget to close the hi-hat on count 4.

Ten Stroke Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note half-time drum beat. The doubles are performed on the hi-hat as 16th notes while the singles are played as 8th notes on the snare drum and hi-tom. After you're comfortable playing the hand pattern, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Ten Stroke Roll #2

The stock 8th note rock drum beat ends on count 1 of the second measure, instead of on the "and" of count 4 like it usually does. Thus, the ten stroke roll starts on count 2. This 16th note drum fill features a quarter note bass drum pattern. This is a very cool idea for spicing up your drum fills and work on your independence as well. Once you're done with this free drum lesson, take this idea and apply it to your library of drum fills.

Ten Stroke Roll #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. The weaker hand plays the doubles and the single on the snare drum while the lead hand moves its strokes around the toms. This drum fill ends with a unison figure between the hi-tom and the floor tom on count 4.

Ten Stroke Roll #4

The drum beats notated before each drum fill in every lesson on this website are here to get you playing a drum fill in context. After you've mastered a drum fill and are able to play it with the provided stock drum beat, play it with your favorite drum beats instead.

Once you're able to play the ten stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by practicing the ten stroke roll with the single strokes 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 eleven stroke roll and the thirteen stroke roll instead.