Variations on a Classic Roll
by Rich Redmond
For this lesson, we’ll use a six-note grouping that begins with an accented stroke, continues with two sets of unaccented (tapped) double strokes, and closes with another accented stroke. This grouping has a powerful sound and really swings. At first, try playing the rudiment on the snare, and play the accents as rim shots. Also, practice these with a variety of ostinatos on the kick drum.
Halfway through these examples, we’ll place the accents on toms, cymbals, and bass drum, and we’ll mix up the sticking. There’s no end to the possible sound combinations you can create. Drummers have been using the six-stroke roll for decades. Now it’s your turn!
Rich Redmond drums for country star Jason Aldean, is an award-winning clinician, and is an active session drummer in Nashville and Los Angeles. His recent book/DVD, FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids (coauthored with Michael Aubrecht), is available through Modern Drummer Publications.