How To Play The Multiple Bounce Roll

One of the essential drum rudiments for a drummer is the multiple bounce roll, and the fact that it is used in a variety of musical genres make it extremely attractive. Though the multiple bounce roll is associated with the sound of a marching band, various drummers belonging to different musical genres and having different playing styles utilize this rudiment in beats, drum fills, etc. to make their playing more enjoyable.

The multiple bounce roll which is commonly known as a buzz roll resembles a single stroke roll when it is noted down in a manuscript but is completely different. The use of double horizontal lines in place of individual ones on the note stem makes all the difference, and it means that the drummer has to play multiple strokes on each of those divisions to generate a buzzing sound. The multiple bounce roll depends on the ability of the drummer to play loose strokes that result in various notes and a soothing buzz roll. When the buzz roll is played on the snare in a proper manner, it produces an alternating buzzing sound which can easily be incorporated in any form of music.

Factors To Consider Before Learning To Play The Buzz Roll

Stick Grip: Having a proper stick grip is essential for playing the buzz roll and not only does it help in keeping the hands relaxed but it also affects the sound and the steadiness of the technique. The drummer should have a grip loose enough to allow the stick to rebound and create the buzzing sound. At the same time, the drummer should be careful about not losing the stick in the middle of performance. Most drummers use the space between their thumb and their index finger to create a fulcrum which offers a significant amount of rebound. An aspiring drummer should experiment with different grips and stick positions to find a grip that suits him.

Single Stroke Roll: A drummer should be an extremely comfortable with playing the single stroke roll before trying to incorporate the buzz roll in their playing. As the technique is quite similar to that of the single stroke roll, a drummer can quickly pick up the buzz roll if he is comfortable with the single stroke roll.

Double Stroke Roll: Just like the single stroke roll, a drummer should be comfortable with playing a double stroke roll before he is attempting to learn the buzz roll. The alternating pattern of the double stroke roll benefit the drummer and gets him prepared for the buzz roll.

Exercises You Can Practice With

Let us look at a couple of exercises that can help a drummer learn the multiple bounce roll,

1. This training joins the single stroke roll with the multiple bounce roll and it one of the first exercises that drummers take up. Starting with the first two beats, the drummer has to play a single stroke roll on the snare and the hi-hat. The third number starts with the buzz roll, and the exercise ended with a single stroke on the fourth count.

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Like any other exercise a drummer should start out slow and build up speed as the practice incorporates various techniques and a drummer should be careful about the transition from the single stroke roll to the buzz roll.

2. Another exercise that drummers can take up to learn the buzz roll is the one where multiple bounce roll is played along with single strokes. Adding the bass, I played the first and the third count with the buzz roll on the second and the fourth count. It is important to work on the first exercise before moving on to this one.

Drum Resources:

  1. Multiple Bounce Roll Rudiment
  2. Single Stroke Seven Drum Rudiment

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