The five stroke roll is a great drum rudiment that doesn’t get used enough at all. Five stroke rolls can work great if you are looking for a new and interesting fill, or if you want something new to add to a drum solo.
There are a few prerequisites to learning the five stroke roll. These will not only make it easier to learn, but will make them sound better overall.
I’ll be explaining everything that you need to know in order to master the five stroke roll and rudiments leading up to it. I’ll take you through the steps, beginning to end and then explain how you can develop the five stroke roll, and incorporate it into your own style of drumming.
This is one of the first drum rudiments that you should learn. The double stroke roll is one of the most commonly used stick techniques in drumming, and if done correctly can sound truly amazing. The double stroke roll is sometimes refereed to as the long roll, though this is exactly the same stroke.
The sticking for the double stroke roll is as follows: R, R, L, L, R, R, L, L. You should always start off slowly when learning any new drum technique, gradually increasing speed along the way. Once you can comfortably play this around the kit at a decent speed then move on to the next step.
If you have mastered the double then the five should come very quickly. The idea behind the stroke is exactly the same, only the note lasts for five hits instead of two. The sticking for the five stroke is: R, R, L, L, R (beat) L, L, R, R, L (beat).
Again, like all of the other rudiments you should always start off slowly, trying to build up speed but maintaining the correct technique and metronome. Your breaking point should be when you can’t play the stroke with consistency.
Once you have mastered the technique on the snare drum or practice pad then you should move it to the entire drum kit. This roll can be played on multiple drums for the maximum effect. When transferring the roll to other drums you should always use the same method as when you learn the stroke.
Start off slowly, and then gradually build up speed in drums playing. Try to play certain hits on the toms and others on the snare, mixing it up as much as you can, and playing as fast as you can. The develop it further you could also add in accents, and vary the foot pedals. Keeping a consistent hi-hat going can be a good way to add a bit of flavor to the stroke.
Incorporating rudiments into beats can be very difficult; however you should always try to experiment. Try to play the different rudiments using the hi-hat and snare drum and playing the bass drum pedal where the accents should be. Although it may not sound too exciting, experimenting around this idea can give you ideas for new beats and rhythms.
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