Mastering The Double Ratamacue

double ratamacueThe double ratamacue is the next rudiment you should learn after the single ratamacue. Is is one of the 40 standard rudiments that all drummers should learn, and is a member of the drag family.

Although a lot of drummer don’t use this stick technique, it is essential to your growth as a drummer. Learning all 40 rudiments will positively increase all aspects of your skills. If you ever listen to drumlines you may already be familiar with the sound of this rudiment.

I’ll be taking you through from beginning to end what you’ll need to learn in order to fully master this drum rudiment. The double ratamacue can sound amazing if it is utilized correctly, and like all of the other rudiments can be used all over the drum kit in; beats, solos, drum rolls and fills.

The First Steps

When learning the 40 drum rudiments it’s important to master the basics first. The ratamacue, both single and double are just combinations of the single stroke roll and the double stroke roll. It’s recommended that you always master these two rudiments before working on any form of ratamacue.

The Single Stroke Roll

This is contained in the middle section of the ratamacue. The stick technique is: R, L, R, L. This should be practiced on all of the drums, and with beats before you move onto other rudiments. Once this is at a good standard then you should feel free to move on.

The Drag

This rudiment is at the start and middle of the ratamacue. A drag is a note that contains two ghosted notes at the beginning. A ghosted note is defined as a very soft hit on the drum. The sticking for the drag is: (LL) R, (RR) L. Although the drag is most effective on the snare drum, it can be used on other drums as well.

The Single Ratamacue

This is where you start to develop the more complicated rudiments. The single ratmacue is simply a mixture of the single stroke roll and the drag. The drag is play at the beginning, but instead of stop you should continue playing with the single stroke. The stick is: (LL) R, L, R, L, (RR), L, R, L, R. You should be able to play with technique fluidly before moving onto the next step.

The Double Ratamacue

Only when the three previous rudiments have been truly mastered should you begin to learn the double. This is very similar to the single. The only difference is that you play two drags at the beginning instead of one.

The sticking is: (LL) R, (LL) R, L, R, L, R, (RR) L, (RR) L, R, L, R. If you have practiced your drags properly and managed to build up speed with them, then adding in a second one shouldn’t be a problem.

Drag rudiments are best when they are played on the snare drum. This is because the snare provides that extra “rattle” sound that other drums don’t have. You can hear the ratamacue frequently in drumlines, and it can be a great technique to use if you are looking for an interesting fill for a solo.

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