Backyard FAQ: How Do I Get My Rolls Faster?

Today marks the start of a new video series on PipeBandDrummer.com: Backyard FAQ. My plan is to answer frequently asked questions I receive from subscribers to PipeBandDrummer in video form and then post them on the YouTube channel for everyone's benefit. A number of you have already asked me specific questions by email but i thought it would help everyone to address these questions in a more public forum.

Thanks to Jonny for the question: How do I get my rolls faster? Check out the video below and let me know if it helps! As always, comments, criticism and suggestions are encouraged.

 

 

Until next time,

Happy Drumming!

 

2 comments

  • Dave Haynes

    Dave Haynes Fergus, On. Canada

    Your right index finger is hanging over the stick. The pad should be under the stick. You can roll with thumb and finger only.

    Your right index finger is hanging over the stick. The pad should be under the stick. You can roll with thumb and finger only.

  • Pipe Band Drummer

    Pipe Band Drummer

    Hi Dave. Thanks for your comment. If there's one thing I've learned in my twenty years teaching it is this: there are more than a few ways to hold the stick correctly and at least a couple of ways to play a roll successfully. The grip that you describe is known as the "power grip" used by kit drummers (and some pipe band drummers) to achieve more power. In this grip there is no space between the thumb and index finger and, if done correctly, the stick rests against the second knuckle of the right hand. The fulcrum (or spring) for a roll would be the index finger. The grip that I am describing in the video I call the "finesse grip" as it allows for more control when playing quietly. For pipe band drummers (who struggle constantly in this regard) the finesse grip makes sense to use as it makes quieter dynamic levels more easily achievable. When using the finesse grip for a roll the fulcrum point, or spring, is the middle finger. The "power" grip is a viable grip, however, and if it works for you it makes sense to continue using it.

    Hi Dave. Thanks for your comment. If there's one thing I've learned in my twenty years teaching it is this: there are more than a few ways to hold the stick correctly and at least a couple of ways to play a roll successfully. The grip that you describe is known as the "power grip" used by kit drummers (and some pipe band drummers) to achieve more power. In this grip there is no space between the thumb and index finger and, if done correctly, the stick rests against the second knuckle of the right hand. The fulcrum (or spring) for a roll would be the index finger. The grip that I am describing in the video I call the "finesse grip" as it allows for more control when playing quietly. For pipe band drummers (who struggle constantly in this regard) the finesse grip makes sense to use as it makes quieter dynamic levels more easily achievable. When using the finesse grip for a roll the fulcrum point, or spring, is the middle finger. The "power" grip is a viable grip, however, and if it works for you it makes sense to continue using it.

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