Snare Drum


Buzz Control to Roll Control

Pedagogy, Snare Drum

There are many schools of thought on the proper way to play a snare drum roll. I play with a controlled bounce every time. For march-like tempos, my roll base is 16th-notes. I use three bounces on each 16th-note as…


Snare and a Roll

Snare Drum

I was working the other day with a student on her snare drum roll quality. Her roll was a bit forced and choked, resulting in a very rhythmic and uncharacteristic sound. I have used a particular exercise to help improve…


Snare Drum Curriculum

Snare Drum

A friend asked me for a basic curriculum for a snare drum student. I thought it best to start with a simple, yet effective set of resources. Also, I needed to be sure the progression was logical. One foot in…