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#beginquote# Hello, I understand the frustration involved in teaching youngsters this exciting instrument. My students have all seemed to struggle with the double stroke roll at some point. Here's how I approach it. Individually, in lessons, or in a group class, have them play this pattern SLOWLY on pads. Eighths at quarter note = 40-70 RR LL RR LL At this tempo they should be playing two individual strokes with their wrists. Keep increasing the tempo at small incriments. Playing with them is a good way, so you can show them your perfect technique to emulate ;) Now, as you reach higher tempos, make sure they are keeping both strokes the same height. What you don't want is Rr Ll, which is a problem amoung some drummers. So, gradually bring the tempo up and you should reach a point where you can't do two wrist strokes anymore and you have to get two rebounds from one stroke. Repeat that process a few times and that should help most kids get the concept. Another way is to just practice paradiddles and its variations RlRR, LRRL, RRLR, RLRL(LRLR) at faster tempi until they end up doing double strokes. To be honest, as a younger student I learned it by accident by playing "Main Street Strut" by Wanamaker at faster tempi. If all else fails, try that! About the arm thing. Make sure you call her on it, Every time you see it. She probably doesn't realize what she's doing. Make sure they're lifting their sticks to the pad/snare with their
, not their shoulders. You could try holding her arms and only letting her wrist move, to show her the motion. Good luck! #endquote#
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