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The 11 Stroke Roll - Drum Lessons London

Hello and welcome back to Hackney Wick Drum Studio for another rudiment baed Drum Lesson.

Today, we'll be taking a look at the 11 Stroke Roll. If you've been following the blog over recent weeks you should be more than familiar with how these roll based drum rudiments work by now. It's a natural follow on from last weeks 10 Stroke Roll so check that out if you haven't already.

First, let's take a look at an example of the 11 Stroke Roll using sixteenth notes.

Here we're playing a double stroke roll up until the 'e' of beat 3, and then a single stroke on the '&' of beat 3, giving us our 11 Strokes. These are double stroke 16th notes and the single stroke is an 8th note in this example.

It is commonplace to change the leading hand with the 11 Stroke Roll, meaning you'd start the next bar with a left hand lead. However, this gets trickier the higher the tempo. Practice it both ways and see which works best for you.

The second example we're going to take a look at is the 11 Stroke Roll played as 32nd Note double strokes, and a 16th note single stroke. By using this method, we can now fit two 11 Stroke Rolls per bar.

Here you'll see we have double strokes on the '1,e,&,a,2' giving us a total of 10 strokes, and the single stroke on the 'e' takes us up to our full quota of 11 strokes. We then have an 8th note rest (for the &a of beat 2), and we start our second 11 stroke roll on beat 3 and follow the same procedure as before.

* You may have spotted that I mentioned the leading hand changes, and in the example above I've written it as a right hand lead all the time. My bad! But it definitely pays to practice this all ways. All right hand leads, all left hand leads, or alternating the leading hand between each 11 Stroke Roll.

Check out the video below and see the 11 Stroke Roll played at 3 varying tempos.


And there we have it for another weekly Drum Lesson. I hope you've found my little guide to the 11 Stroke Roll useful. As always, leave any questions or comments below and I'll be sure to get back to you. If you need any further help with this rudiment, or any other aspect of your drumming, please get in touch. I offer online drum lessons and also 1-2-1 drum lessons from my studio in Hackney. Whether you're looking to study grades or need help with any other aspect of drumming, I'll be sure to help. More information on all my lessons can be found by heading over to my main website.

Thanks again for checking out another London Drum Lesson here at Hackney Wick Drum Studios. See you next week for the 13 Stroke Roll.

Happy Drumming

Jack x

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