nineStroke Roll Grooves
Rudimental groove variations
Let’s use a standard rudiment to create a groove variation. The way I use this is on 4/8/16th-bar turnarounds when a full fill would be overkill and distract from the music but you still want a phrase to mark the end of that section and set up the next. The idea being that the feel and groove stay in place but there is a subtle change.
Before we get onto the grooves, the nine stroke roll is an alternating rudiment. In this lesson we will focus on the right-hand version. We will play four sets of doubles follow by an accented right hand. In Example 2 the nine stroke roll starts on the ‘&’ of ‘2’, which means the back beat is on the ‘&’ of 4’.‘ Once you can play this as a looping exercise try playing some basic grooves and putting this in every fourth bar. Example 3 puts the roll into 32nd notes. Before attempting this it’s worth getting out the pad again and playing the nine stroke roll to a click in 32nds to make sure you feel it correctly.