I am a code writer. I synthesize number groupings with speed relationships and relate it all to pulse.
by Mark Levine
(Palm Desert, CA.)
6 stroke roll
I am sharing a vision of how i believe the scales and arpeggios of drumming should be taught.
In my opinion they should be connected to the actual components of music :
as musical motifs ( or shorter rhythmic patterns ), within musical phrases, crossing barlines,
and all related to different note notations of pulse, ( speed relationships ).
What you will hear, feel, and see, in these four files, is what actually occurs
when awesome brilliant drummers are on fire, inspired, and improvising, and using ( for example ) a 6 stroke roll.
In this study, the 6 stroke roll is not notated on different voices on the drum set, but you could certainly move it
around a drum kit. You could substitute any " R r or L l " of the hands for a right or left foot.
The 6 stroke roll is notated, so to be played on one surface : a pad, snare drum, hand drums, or whatever you choose.
The upper case " R and L " is the first/primary attack of the double stroke.
The lower case " r and l " is notated as a rebound/secondary attack. (The way pros actually play these types of things).
They are not meant to be played softer than primary attacks.
All doubles should be played evenly, with the same quality of attack. Hope you enjoy and have fun!!!