Rock Drumming System

Learn How To Play The Five Stroke Roll

The five stroke roll is a very powerful rudiment at fast speeds. Playing this at higher tempos requires a lot of stick control and speed. It consists of five strokes, two double strokes and one single stroke. Right Right Left Left Right. The five stroke roll is popular in the tango, and other Latin styles of music. You can incorporate this in fills, solos and beats very easily, as it is such a nice sounding rudiment. Make sure you practice this drum rudiment with a metronome so you do not create a mess. If you are not tight with your doubles, you may get 6 or more strokes out of a poor bounce on your stick, so be sure you are playing it properly with 5 strokes.



Make sure you are playing this rudiment with the proper stick grip. Practicing any rudiment with incorrect hand placement could hurt you physically, as well as hinder your performance. So check this guide to learn how to properly hold your drumsticks. Also, if this practice is feeling awkward at all, you may be using the wrong stick size. Check out this lesson on selecting the right drum stick for you!

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