to play a Buzz Roll
Drum Rudiments for Drums!
Drummers will often confuse a buzz
roll with a double
stroke roll. Although a double stroke roll sounds like
it's "buzzing" on the drum, it is not generally called
a buzz roll. It is called a double stroke roll because it is played
with "double strokes" (two strokes for each hand).
buzz roll is also called a multiple stroke bounce roll and that helps understand
the distinction. When approaching a buzz roll, teachers often have a drum student
drop the stick on the snare drum and let it bounce multiple times (as opposed
to just twice). They then drop the other stick and let it bounce multiple times.
From there, they will gradually speed up the process and slowly blend the two
together until it starts to create a consistent and smooth buzz sound.
R R R R R ... L L L L L L ...
the student is attempting to learn the buzz roll and speed it up, two main approaches
The basic grip of the stick is between the thumb and the index finger with the
mostly out of the way.
Slight pressure is applied downward into the drumhead and the speed is increased.
most common mistake students make is taking things too fast. It
is a gradual process building to a smooth buzz on the drum and
patience is a requirement. If it is executed poorly, it will sound
choppy and inconsistent. Practice hard and strive for perfection!
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