Over the last few weeks, I've been forced to face the fact that I have hit a plateau in a specialized skill I have been developing for many years. The single stroke roll is the most simple way to play a drum - just alternate hits between the right and left hand, one hit at a time. Aside from the practical application on the drum set, drummers today have pushed this drill into an extreme sport. Some drummers are playing more than 1100 strokes in 60 seconds, with the world record sitting just above 1200 strokes.
I've been playing for about 8 years, at this point in time. I made a decision to practice the single stroke roll diligently for the last four months, with the aim of pushing my limit speed ever higher. However, despite the daily practice, I've been stuck in the same speed range as when I started this phase of training about 4 months ago.
Now, I'm not as fast as the top athletes, but my speed is pretty decent. Currently, I'm stuck at about 700 strokes per minute... Continue Reading