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six stroke roll


A standard drum rudiment in the category of roll rudiments and the sub-category of double stroke open roll rudiments that creates a sustained sound on a percussion instrument by rapidly alternating two strokes from each drumstick. The sticking pattern (shown below) is the accepted method of producing a six stroke roll and consists of an accented stroke followed by two strokes from each hand and finished with another accented stroke for a total of six strokes. The sticking patterns are written where "L" represents the left hand stroke and "R" the right hand stroke.
There are four common variations of the six stroke roll. Each is a quarter note in length and consists of two double   strokes (RRLL) and two single strokes (R L).
See more about double stroke open roll rudiments in the Appendix.

Variations of the Six Stroke Roll

Variation #1: R-L-RR-LL  L-R-LL-RR
Variation #2: R-LL-RR-L  L-RR-LL-R
Variation #3: RR-LL-R-L  LL-RR-L-R
Variation #4: RR-L-R-LL  LL-R-L-RR



Last Updated: 2016-06-15 20:01:05