Fun With A 5-Stroke Roll

It’s so helpful to know the classic drum rudiments. I use them all the time for exercises & warm-ups. You can find them in most drum method books, and now on-line at many drum web sites. (*Download a pdf file for free at – )The rudiments are really the drummers alphabet. When you know them & build upon the concepts you will really expand your drum vocabulary.

In this little video clip I was just warming up at a sound check (softly). I was messing around with a 5-stroke roll. (RRLLR – LLRRL) But rather than ending on the snare I just played the last note on the kick. RRLLK. Nothing fancy, but a very musical idea I’ve used on occasion. You can experiment with any idea you learn and make it as creative & musical as you want. The key is to always be musical and think melodically. Make the drums “sing.”

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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. Hey Carl, Nice application of the 5 stroke open roll…with the added bass drum at the end turns it into “The 5 + 1” rudiment with the 1 being the bass drum…Cool…Blessings, R

    • Thanks Ralph… ? would it be a 4 + 1 ; since I’m not playing 6 notes? Just ending the 5 on the kick. What do ya think? C.

  2. Barry Johnson says

    Thanks Carl. You’re the groovinest!

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