In this new video lesson series, Dr. John Wooton will introduce each of the 40 Essential Rudiments. Along with a basic explanation, Dr. Wooton will give you tips on how to improve your playing, as well as how to apply the rudiments – whether you are a marching percussionist, concert percussionist or drumset player. Also included are play-along tracks for the rudiment AND rudimental application exercise to help you achieve your goals.
Take a lesson on the Multiple Bounce Roll from Dr. Wooton:
Practice with the playalong audio files!
* NOTE FROM MARK WESSELS (author of exercises, performing playalong files):
In order to play the multiple bounce roll with a high quality of sound, speed is not a determining factor. Each of the following exercises is written within a tempo marking that is appropriate to produce the best quality of sound for a buzz roll (for most applications).
As you work through each exercise, you’ll notice that the “sweet spot” for hand speed is roughly in the middle of the tempo range. However, practicing throughout the range of tempi will give you the ability to produce the best sounding roll in a variety of situations. Drum size, musical style, head type, head tension, dynamic level, stick selection and performance space will all be determining factors in which roll subdivision will sound best!
RECOMMENDED APPROACH FOR BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS:
The application of this rudiment is different from all the others in that you’re not starting slow and gradually working on faster speeds. Instead, start by learning to play the 16th based roll subdivision in a medium tempo (exercise #4), then go back to #1 (which is essentially the same duple subdivision, but half the speed). Next, work on the triplet subdivisions (#2 and #5).
The most difficult subdivision to master is the Quintuplet in exercise #3. This subdivision is not commonly found in band or orchestra music, but will produce the best sounding rolls because of the lack of “lead hand” pulsations! You may also wish to experiment with Septuplet subdivisions for slow tempos (overlapping exercise #1 and #2: m.m.=60–85). As always, use your ears to determine the best hand speed for your multiple bounce rolls.
Good Luck! – m.w.
Exercise #1: m.m = 50–75
Exercise #2: m.m = 70–100
Exercise #3: m.m = 80–120
Exercise #4: m.m = 100–150
Exercise #5: m.m = 140–190
John Wooton’s Vic Firth implement of choice for this video:
Round tip. Ideal for orchestral work‚ rock and band. A legendary practice stick.
L = 16 3/8" | Dia. = .635" [enlarge photo]
New to the rudiments? Here’s a quick suggestion!
In order to facilitate learning the rudiments in a systematic way, Dr. Wooton suggests that you approach them in this sequence (rather than how they are listed on various rudiment charts or posters). This “tier system” approaches the most fundamental rudiments first, providing you with a base on which to build. Each successive tier adds on the basic skills learned in the previous tier.
|NEW TO THE RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING? START WITH THIS FIRST!
John Wooton’s “REAL” Rudiments: The Four Basic Strokes
|TIER ONE||TIER TWO|
|TIER THREE||TIER FOUR|