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.

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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. 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……

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