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Five Stroke Roll

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Learn How To Play The Five Stroke Roll

The five stroke roll is a powerful rudiment based off the double stroke roll. Unlike the single, double, and triple stroke rolls may suggest - this rudiment does not have alternating groups of five strokes per hand. Instead, it is made up of two double strokes, and a single. You first play it with right hand lead, and then repeat the pattern with left hand lead (or reverse if you are left-handed). Here is how it is written out:

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Five Stroke Roll #1

If you haven't yet mastered the double stroke roll, it's recommended that you go and view that lesson before continuing. However, if you've already mastered that rudiment, you can begin to develop this pattern. As you can see above, it is played with two doubles and then a single.

Five Stroke Roll - Drum Set Applications

In this drum set application, you will learn how to incorporate the five stroke roll into a drum beat:

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Five Stroke Roll #2

In this drum set application, you will learn how to incorporate the five stroke roll into a drum fill:

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Five Stroke Roll #3

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