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Open Five Stroke Roll

Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // September 03 2014
Open Five Stroke Roll

Continuing with my rudimental presentations, here is a variation on a popular rudimental theme, a variation of the 5-stroke roll. What you’re doing with the “Open 5-Stroke Roll” is simply opening up a 5- stroke roll to make it sound steady. It should sound like the Long Roll with accents. It is very beneficial to perform this and all rudiments at soft, medium and loud volumes. Start slow and play it several times before speeding up.

Have fun and remember to lock it in the pocket.



If you enjoyed this drum lesson here are a couple more you might really like: Inverted Double Stroke, Doubles to Triples



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Kirby  Jacobsen

Kirby jacobsen (drummer, composer, author). Kirby studied Studio Recording and Jazz at the University of Miami and Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. He composes and arranges music for concert band, string and jazz trios and percussion ensemble. His snare solo book, Not Just Another Snare Solo Book, 20 Uncommon Snare Drum Solos, will soon be available on-line through HaMaR Percussion Publications, Inc. Kirby leads the Blue Brush Trio which performs in the NY/NJ metro area. 

Send questions or comments to Kirby at symphonic902@yahoo.com.

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