Singles, Doubles, Triples: Rudimental Building Blocks as Applied to Four-Mallet Keyboard Technique
Nicholas Papador


The continuing evolution and expansion of marching percussion is, in part, a result of numerous performers, educators, and clinicians who have explored the technical aspects of rudimental playing at a base conceptual and physiological level. Various method books examine basic sroke types and hand motions - often from precise and narrowly focused standpoints - in order to isolate and remedy technical inconsistencies in students' playing and to unify technique between section players. One concept that I find most useful with drumlines and in my own playing is that of single-, double-, and triple-beat stroke types.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2004 issue of Percussive Notes. To learn more about the Percussive Arts Society, visit