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Fun With a 5-Stroke Roll

It’s so helpful to know the classic drum rudiments. I use them all the time for exercises and warm-ups. You can find them in most drum method books, and now on-line at many drum web sites. (*Download a pdf file for free at –

The rudiments are really the drummer’s alphabet. When you know them and build upon the concepts, you will really expand your drum vocabulary.

In this little video clip I was just warming up at a sound check (softly). I was messing around with a 5-stroke roll. (RRLLR – LLRRL) But rather than ending on the snare I just played the last note on the kick. RRLLK. Nothing fancy, but a very musical idea I’ve used on occasion.

You can experiment with any idea you learn and make it as creative and musical as you want. The key is to always be musical and think melodically. Make the drums “sing.”

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Carl Albrecht is one of the most honored and respected worship drummers in the world today. Having played on 100s of recordings and tours, his passionate musical ministry has drawn people around the globe into the presence of God. Besides being a supportive team player to many artists, Carl is equally known as an inspiring speaker and teacher. His DVD series achieved a coveted Editor’s Choice award on Carl currently lives in Nashville, recording, producing, and writing, as well as doing tours & seminar events

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