— Video 9: Metered and Unmetered Rolls


The following are recommended basic subdivisions for metered rolls, broken down by tempo:

m.m. = 50 - 75 bpm
m.m. = 70 - 110 bpm
m.m. = 100 - 150 bpm
m.m. = 140 - 190 bpm


The American Custom® line consists of a variety of models conceived and engineered by Vic Firth – performer and teacher. The SD1, SD2 and SD1jr models are turned from select rock maple for a light, fast-playing stick with great flex and rebound.

SD1 General
Round tip. Ideal for orchestral work‚ rock and band. A legendary practice stick.
L = 16 3/8" | Dia. = .635"
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SD1 Jr.
A scaled down version of our SD1 General. Perfect for a young student's hands.
L = 15 9/16" | Dia. = .615"
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SD2 Bolero
Round tip. Perfect for light jazz‚ studio‚ orchestral and pit work.
L = 15 3/4" | Dia. = .635"
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SD12 Swizzle G
An SD1 General with a hard‚ spun felt ball attached to the butt end. Ideal for fast changes on cymbals.
L=16 5/8" | Dia.=.635" | Felt ball = 1 1/4" x 1"
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Fresh Approach Starter Pack
The new Vic Firth "Fresh Approach Starter Pack" is designed to supply the serious beginnning percussion student with the best tools available at an affordable cost. All three items were hand selected for their educational value and ability to provide the student with products that will help establish a solid foundation on which to build. Includes an SD1‚ a 6" practice pad‚ a Vic Firth Rudiment Poster and A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum by Mark Wessels. Included with the book are 2 audio accompaniment CD's and an instructional CD-ROM.
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Heritage Brush
Features a light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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Stick Bag
Holds 24 pairs of sticks and mallets and contains two small accessory pockets. Four outside pockets include one large enough for sheet music. Also features detachable‚ padded shoulder straps and elastic fasteners with retractable clips for secure suspension from the floor tom. Water resistant leather-like vinyl with double stitching throughout. A heavy duty zipper holds it all together!
H = 19" | W (when open) = 23"
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