Photo Lesson: Double Time Your Toys

Use this simple stick technique to roll on your mountable percussion toys and accessories with one hand, while keeping your other hand free to play other instruments.

Start by gripping a pair of sticks as shown, so that they form a V. Place one stick above and the other below your bell, block, or tambourine. Work your hand straight up and down quickly creating an open roll effect by hitting the top and bottom of the instrument. Also try keeping a steady groove, and before you know it you’ll be playing faster sixteenth- and thirty-second-note rhythms with one hand than you ever imagined you could.