I find the single-stroke roll to be one of the most elusive rudiments to master. Its simplicity is challenging, and I’ve struggled with playing it as fast as I’d like. In search of a more engaging and efficient practice routine, I developed the following exercises. This routine employs accented single-hand groupings (a.k.a. “check patterns”) followed by an accented single-stroke roll. Each subsequent check pattern increases in duration by adding one stroke.

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