Five Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Five Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

The five stroke roll is mostly used in funk, and Latin styles like the tango. The five stroke roll is a short four-note double stroke roll that ends with a single stroke. If you haven't already, check the free drum lessons on the single stroke roll and the double stroke roll drum rudiments before taking a stab at the five stroke roll; you'll be better off in the long run.

Five Stroke Roll

The five stroke roll is the main basis for some of the 26 drum rudiments like the seven stroke roll, the nine stroke roll, the ten stroke roll, the eleven stroke roll, the thirteen stroke roll and the fifteen stroke roll. By working on the five stroke roll, you'll actually develop most of the skills needed for mastering all of those drum rudiments.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat that incorporates two five stroke rolls which are led with the stronger hand. Leading the second five stroke roll with the weaker hand makes this an easier drum beat to play, since you won't have to cross your arms to reach the floor tom on the last 16th notes of count 3.

Five Stroke Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a variation on the previous 16th note drum beat. Here, the five stroke rolls have to be led with the stronger hand, since they start on the ride cymbal.

Five Stroke Roll #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The doubles on the first five stroke roll are played between the snare drum and the hi-tom on count 1, while the single stroke lands on the floor tom on count 2. The doubles on the second five stroke roll are played between the floor tom and the hi-tom on count 3, while the single lands on the snare drum on count 4.

Five Stroke Roll #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. The six stroke roll has one extra single stroke than the five stroke roll. Thus, by adding strokes on the "ands" of counts 2 and 4, the five stroke rolls morphed into six stroke rolls. Also, the "and" of count 4 features a very cool idea for spicing up drum rudiment based drum fills and drum beats – spreading the strokes between hands and feet. You can use this idea with all the exercises we have at your disposal in this website.

Five Stroke Roll #4

Once you're able to play the five stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage to check the free drum lessons on the six stroke roll and the seven stroke roll next.