Jazz Drummer’s Workshop
A New Look At The Traditional Rolls
by Micky Earnshaw
The reader is encouraged to write out and practice the new 11, 15, and 17-stroke rolls. The sharp attack and crisp ending – difficult or impossible to achieve with the traditional stickings – make these new rolls especially effective. A proper execution requires strong and even double strokes – to give the rolls a clean single-stroked sound.
Single-stroked accents can be played out of the new open roll, as illustrated below. After each accent, the roll is “turned around” to lead with the opposite hand.
The foregoing discussion and examples indicate just a few of the many possibilities of these new rolls. Your own creative imagination combined with technical mastery of these rolls will be the best source of additional variations, and of effective applications to the drum set in your own style.