Groovin’ The 5-Stroke Roll

Carl's Drum Clinic

Carl's Drum Clinic

When I was a young drummer working on the rudiments seemed like such a waste of time. Of course as I learned more about the art of drumming I realized they were in every part of a drummers vocabulary whether they knew it or not. Listening to all of my heroes play and trying to figure out all of those “cool” patterns soon revealed a long list drumming rudiments. On this new project with Paul Baloche the guys wanted this type of driving military rock groove. The classic 5-stroke roll felt like the perfect start to the phrase. It is played RRLLR – the doubles are on the snare and then it ends up on the hi-hat on the downbeat of each bar. I guess it could have been played as singles. RLRLR – but that does not feel the same. In every clinic & seminar I teach the importance of building upon the standard rudiments, but always remembering to let the music be your guide. Enjoy the video.

please install flash

Groove is Everything:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Add to favorites
  • email
  • MySpace
About Carl

Carl has been a professional drummer & percussionist for over 30 years. He has played on over 80 Integrity Music projects; Maranatha Praise Band recordings 7 thru 10, & numerous other Christian, Pop, Country, Jazz, & Commercial projects.


  1. Great groove! A hint of Steve Gadd with a dressing of Albrecht! Thanks for your continued inspiration! Recently I filmed a video of Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), you’ll notice some of your trademark “Albrecht-isms” that were too good to leave out!

    • Thanks Brian… yea, I was probably thinkin’ of Gadd a little bit. Good description of that groove. I’m blessed by your “thumbs-up.” Peace, Carl

  2. Very nice Carl…keep up the great work….blessings, Ralph : )) See ya at the WELL next week God Willing…

  3. Lance Beckford says:

    Great work Carl. This continues to highlight that having the essential rudiments in “hand” allow creativity to raise the bar. I love the rudiments and my students do as well, how could you not?! This is a solid tune that I’ll pass on to our M.D. I’m going to be leading the drum set master class in September for a worship conference as well as playing with the featured worship band, and I’d love to speak with you about concepts and really connect with you as a fellow educator/player. The church is Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) in San Dimas, Ca. Here is a link to our new worship album. Look forward to speaking with you.

  4. rennie placide says:

    wow carl it took me a while to find the downbeat beat but its nice i like it….Love how the hands are so lose and the kick pattern sounds just great….wow 5 stroke is always my favorite rudiment

  5. roy peter says:

    thanks Carl….your drum grooves so nice….your drumming always i watch….its very help full for me
    thank u so much……

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.