It is important to remember these exercises are building us to a sustained roll. The tempos may be stretching what you are capable of and may not sound perfect. That’s ok. Remember they are exercises, not an actual roll, and are meant to stretch your possibilities. When you are ready to play a roll, your potential will be greater.
In these exercises I use what I call a “full” stroke height to practice not only the loud roll but also to practice exaggerating the proper motion. This exaggerated motion further engrains the muscle memory of proper technique. In the softer dynamics, the stroke and energy is simply reduced. As we get closer to an actual roll the motions are less exaggerated and more functional.
Building a Sustained Roll and Developing the Sound: Exercise # 27
Exercise # 27 at Quarter = 60, 85, & 110 from The Modern Concert Snare Drum Roll.
Building a Sustained Roll and Developing the Sound: Exercise # 32
Exercise # 32 at Quarter = 70, 75, 80 & 85 from The Modern Concert Snare Drum Roll.
How to Analyze the Roll on Video or in a Mirror
This video is a very advanced look at how to break down the roll in a video or in front of a mirror. For those who really want to understand all of the mechanics and the depth of what is really going on, this video will be very helpful. Still images, slow motion video, and real time video are used to analyze what is happening during an actual roll.
Building a Sustained Roll and Developing the Sound: Checkpoint Etude
Checkpoint Etude at Quarter = 70 & 90 from The Modern Concert Snare Drum Roll.