Multiple Bounce Roll - Drum Rudiment

The multiple bounce roll is one of the 40 International Drum Rudiments since 1984. The Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) was responsible for its inclusion, after settling on the expansion of the 26 American drum rudiments with orchestral, drum corps, European, and contemporary drum rudiments.

The multiple bounce roll is largely associated with orchestral and marching band snare drumming. However, it's still possible to hear the multiple bounce roll in drum solos and in popular styles of music like jazz, rock and Latin. The multiple bounce roll is also known as buzz roll when played closely to the surface of a drum.

The multiple bounce roll consists of consecutive and alternating multiple bounced strokes. Each stroke has an undefined number of notes. There are two basic motions that you'll be required to learn in order to play the multiple bounce roll accurately. The first one is produced by the wrists. Much like the single stroke roll, the wrists propel the drumsticks to the drumhead giving them velocity. The faster and more controlled you are at playing the single stroke roll, the faster and more controlled you'll be at alternating multiple bounced strokes. So make sure you learn how to play the single stroke roll before taking on the multiple bounce roll. The second motion is the one responsible for producing multiple strokes. This is achieved by pushing the stick onto the surface of the drum using a little bit of fulcrum pressure. The number of bounces is inversely proportional to the fulcrum pressure. Multiple bounced strokes are represented by the double diagonal lines on the note stems from the sheet music below.

Multiple Bounce Roll

Work on producing an even amount of pressure on the drumsticks as you practice the multiple bounce roll. Don't squeeze the sticks with the back fingers since it kills most of the bounce. Relax the back fingers and focus on the fulcrum pressure with the thumb and forefinger. The multiple bounce roll does not alternate within itself. So it's important you learn how to play the multiple bounce roll leading with both hands. Once you have the multiple bounce roll happening, move on to the drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. This beat combines a 16th note single stroke roll with the multiple bounce roll. Practicing this exercise slowly will enable you to get used to the transitions between the single stroke roll and the multiple bounce roll on count 3, and the multiple bounce roll and the single stroke on count 4.

Multiple Bounce Roll #1

The techniques required to master exercise #2 are exactly the same as the ones you've developed to play exercise #1 accurately. The only difference here is that you'll need to keep a very consistent multiple bounce roll going through most of the pattern. It's very hard to keep it consistent, but the more you practice the multiple bounce roll the more consistent it will get. Add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3 once the hands sound perfect.

Multiple Bounce Roll #2

Exercise #3 is based on a single rhythmic pattern that is played twice. This pattern is the same as the one starting on count 3 of exercise #1. Therefore, if you followed our tips while practicing exercise #1 you'll have no problems with this drum fill.

Multiple Bounce Roll #3

Exercise #4 is a variation on the previous one. This is a very simple example of how to come up with a new drum fill from a pre-existing one. This drum fill will be rather easy for you to play at this point, that is, if you've been careful enough to take your time with the previous exercises.

Multiple Bounce Roll #4

Once you're able to play the multiple bounce roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the 40 drum rudiments. If you want to keep studying drum roll based drum rudiments, we encourage you to learn how to play the double stroke roll and the triple stroke roll next. If you've been through the free drum lesson on the double stroke roll already, then check the free drum lesson on the single paradiddle.