Double Ratamacue - Drum Rudiment
The double ratamacue was one of the patterns chosen to take part in the 26 American Drum Rudiments by members of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) in 1936. In 1984, the 26 drum rudiments were joined by 14 other drum rudiments, giving birth to the 40 International Drum Rudiments.
The double ratamacue is basically a single ratamacue with an extra drag ruff played in front of it. Learning how to play the single ratamacue through the free drum lesson featured on this website will make it easier to master the double ratamacue.
The double ratamacue is played in 6/8 time signature here. This means you'll have 6 counts per bar with the 8th notes taking the click. Thus, the left hand double ratamacue on the sheet music below starts on count 1 and ends on count 3, while the right hand double ratamacue starts on count 4 and ends on count 6.
Once you've learned how to play the double ratamacue on a single surface, you can move on to learn how to apply the double ratamacue to some 6/8 time signature drum beats and drum fills.
Exercise #1 is a drum beat played in 6/8 time signature. You can start by playing the double ratamacues on the hi-hat. Then, move the hands from the hi-hat to the snare drum on count 3 and on the "let" of counts 2 and 5, and from the hi-hat to the floor tom on count 6. As always, once the hand pattern is mastered, add the bass drum in.
Exercise #2 is a tom-tom drum beat played in 6/8 time signature. This exercise shares the same underlying rhythmic hand pattern as exercise #1. Here, this pattern is mostly orchestrated on the tom-toms and snare drum so expect a very different sounding drum beat.
Exercise #3 is a drum fill played in 6/8 time signature. Going from the hi-tom to the mid-tom, and vice versa, can easily lead to collisions between your hands. Practicing this drum fill slowly at first is essential for you to avoid those collisions.
Exercise #4 is a 6/8 drum fill. This pattern has the same rhythmic pattern as exercise #3. The different melodies played between the drums and the unison figures performed between the hi-hats/cymbals and the bass drum are great ideas that you can take and use on your own creations.
Once you're able to play the double ratamacue and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the 40 drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the triple ratamacue next.