Rudiment Details

The score is repeated here for the four proposed rudiments for double bass drummers.

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The videos of the four rudiments were finished on April 6, 2012.

Summary of the Three Drum Roll
The Three Drum Roll is performed while the drummer listens to the instrument. Adjustments are made during the roll so that even timings are produced for each beat of the triplet. The loudness and timbre of the tom tom does not match the qualities of the bass drum sound, so the volume of the tom tom is adjusted to be equal to the bass volume. Accents on the tom toms can be injected at will. The Three Drum Roll can be inserted into any eighth notes played by either hand. This has the effect of making subtle flourishes with little effort. This EFFORT issue is a valuable concept for the drummer and the double bass reduces the effort. In addition, the proposed rudiments should be memorized and consumed to become a part of your bag of tricks, to be pulled out at a moments notice to toss off a Three Drum Roll from the Left, one from the Right, and any more that are innovated. All that with just a slow foot movement on each foot. The foot effort is reduced with these rudiments by allocating a roll among four limbs. The mind becomes a distributor of distant, coordinated donations of sonic rolls.

Summary of the Four Drum Roll
This is a common skill that most double bass drummers can pull out of thin air. It can be loud and clear to be counted as a framework or it can be soft and muddled to provide a rumbling background. It is not advisable to play Wipeout with the four drum roll because it has a non-uniform texture which the dancers will reject. I did it and I will regret it as long as dementia is absent from my aging process.

Summary of the Five Fifling Drum Roll: The Pentlet Roll
The pentlet is the most original musical entity that is offered by Double Bass Drummer Magazine. When the first audio recording was played, the audience did not understand that anything profound had occurred. The smooth flawlessness of the delivery gave no hint that five was any faster or slower than triplets.

I play this when sixteenth notes are passing quickly and the even faster fiflings blend into an impressive timbre mixing roll. Instead of fiflings, a drummer can choose even faster triplets, but the slower fiflings provide superior wash.

Summary of the Six Drum Roll
The snare starts, then the three tom toms and two basses. Then reverse direction. Bass drum reversal is not done. The Left - Right bass order is maintained for most play. That is consistent with a shuffle order of Left-Right.


3 4 5 6 : They have all been introduced. These low numbers can be joined with 7, 8, 9.... but will an audience feel the difference? Will a new mood be created by using new odd timings? To answer that question, consider the common rhythms: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1 : The primitive ONE beat was invented by cave men.

2 : The spy drummers who innovated the TWO step must have felt like real hep cats.

3 : The odd THREE beat rhythms may have seemed radical and awkward at first.

4 : The FOUR beat rhythm was taken in and loved for centuries as the common time which all audiences and all songs can adapt to.