Speeding Up The Five-Stroke Roll, Part 1
This lesson features a rudiment known as the five stroke roll. The first measure uses the open stroke version, where we are playing distinct taps and in the second measure we're using the closed roll version. As you work on this exercise you'll find that the limiting factor, as far as speed is concerned, is in the last beat of the second measure moving to the first beat of the first measure. The trick is to move cleanly from open strokes into buzzes and vice versa in the second exercise.
Once you get familiar with these drills you can apply the same practice pattern to all of the odd and even stroke roll rudiments. The key is to stay loose and relaxed and not to let tension creep up on you. If you are having trouble playing cleanly and without getting tense, refer to my Web site at http://www.TensionFreeDrumming.com for more on drumming without tension.
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Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!