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
Variation 2 Sticking Pattern
Variation 3 Sticking Pattern
Variation 4 Sticking Pattern