Seven Stroke Roll

Learn To Play The Seven Stroke Roll Drum Rudiment!

The seven stroke roll is comprised of seven strokes – three doubles and one single. The seven stroke roll is basically a five stroke roll with an extra double stroke added in, and is one of the funkiest sounding drum rudiments amongst the 26 drum rudiments. Thus, it's important for you to check the free drum lesson on the five stroke roll before going any further with this one. Make sure you learn how to execute the seven stroke roll leading with both hands.

Seven Stroke Roll

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. The seven stroke roll is scattered between the snare drum and the hi-hat on counts 1 and 2. Play the doubles on the snare drum as ghosted strokes, the doubles on the hi-hat at a normal volume, and the single stroke as a snare shot on the "and" of count 2. When that's under your belt, play a unison stroke between the hi-tom and the floor tom on the "and" of count 4. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Seven Stroke Roll #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note half-time drum beat that incorporates a displaced seven stroke roll. Much like exercise #1 the seven stroke roll is scattered between the hi-hat and the snare drum. The doubles however are played at a normal volume. Once the seven stroke roll is happening, add a hi-hat stroke on count 1, a floor tom stroke on count 4 and the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Seven Stroke Roll #2

This exercise is a great example of how to use drum rudiment displacement for coming up with creative drum beats and drum fills. Use this concept to mess around with the drum beats and drum fills on the other drum rudiments.

The next exercise features a 16th note drum fill. Learning the melodic pattern on the first two counts is enough to master the whole pattern, since it repeats for the following counts. Leading this drum fill with the stronger hand will make it a lot easier to perform.

Seven Stroke Roll #3

Exercise #4 uses the same rhythmic idea as the previous one, but with a different stroke orchestration. This is a great way of making the best out of a pattern you may have taken a while to get under your belt. Use this concept to come up with new ideas of your own. It's important to learn how to play all of these patterns as written, but it's even more important for you to use them as blueprints afterwards. This is a great way of developing your own voice on the drum set.

Seven Stroke Roll #4

Once you're able to play the seven stroke roll and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by practicing the seven stroke roll with the single stroke placed at the beginning of the rudiment instead of at the end. If you'd rather learn how to play new drum rudiments, check the free drum lessons on the nine stroke roll and the ten stroke roll instead.