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 stick. 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 (i.e. R-LLRR-L) for a total of six strokes.

Six Stroke Roll

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).

Variations of the Six Stroke Roll

Variation 1 Sticking Pattern
R-L-RR-LL        L-R-LL-RR
Variation 2 Sticking Pattern
R-LL-RR-L        L-RR-LL-R
Variation 3 Sticking Pattern
RR-LL-R-L        LL-RR-L-R
Variation 4 Sticking Pattern
RR-L-R-LL        LL-R-L-RR

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