The Pad - Exercise 2
While the first The Pad Exercise focused on stick control -- or in other words, fancy sticking patterns designed to improve your control of the sticks -- this week we hone in on the double-stroke roll. A great sounding double-stroke roll is an admirable goal. It takes a special person who's able to focus on the details and is willing to practice 2 strokes with each hand over and over again. This pad exercise breaks up the monotony. Let's face it. We don't run into a song very often (or ever) that calls for 10 minutes of straight double strokes. We're much more likely to find shorter rolls, such as 5-strokes, 6-strokes and 9-strokes. These are the double-stroke applications that this week's exercise tackles.