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posted: 7/31/2007 at 1:19:17 AM ET
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i am a high school student(sophomore)who is in the position of teaching the younger students percussion. well...they are good players, but i am having trouble teaching them how to do a double stroke roll. they get the basic concept, but i don't know how else to help them. it's hard to explain to them especially since they have never had an former percussion instruction. i guess the only answer is practice.

i also have one girl who doesn't use her wrist enough. she uses a lot of arm. any tips on how to get her to use more wrist?

any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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posted: 8/1/2007 at 9:30:24 PM ET
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Try using Aluminum practice sticks.

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posted: 8/9/2007 at 9:29:33 PM ET
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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

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
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 elbows, not their shoulders. You could try holding her arms and only letting her wrist move, to show her the motion.

Good luck!

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posted: 9/27/2007 at 4:34:08 PM ET
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I am a new band director and I am a brass player, so I obviously do not know as much as I could about percussion. Marty Hurley (you should probably have heard of him before) suggested a book by Mark Wessels called A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum. It is a great resource and there are corresponding video lessons online at the book's website, www.mwpublications.com where you can find really great resources that have helped me out a lot in my teaching. Good luck to you and I hope you consider pursuing a career as a music teacher. We could use more good ones in the field!!

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