On our quest to continually improve our chops, we eventually tackle rudimental application to the drum set. This can often be a futile endeavor, involving forced and impractical ways of playing rudiments on the kit—but it doesn’t have to be.

In our previous lesson we applied a new twist on on accents within every facet of the six-stroke roll. In this lesson we go one step further by playing the six-stroke roll with a sextuplet rhythm and apply it to the drum set. By simply adding basic foot action and moving our hands around the kit we can unlock a new world of possibilities.

Let’s start by playing the six-stroke roll on the snare drum with the bass drum playing on every downbeat and the hi-hat playing eighth notes with the foot (Ex. 1). This underlying foot action will keep us anchored as we move our accent through the rudiment.

Ex. 1

Once we have these feeling good on the snare and lining up with the feet we can begin to move our hands around the kit to the cymbals and toms (Exs. 2–3).

Ex. 2


Ex. 3

Stewart Jean is Program Chair for Drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.


Lesson: Moving Accents Through the Six-Stroke Roll