Our fourth installment of “5 Killer Gadd Licks” is a rudimental pattern. I can’t remember what recording I first heard it on, but it was definitely Gadd. It might have been from one of his solos with Chick Corea (one transcription of a Gadd solo that includes the six stroke roll can be found HERE).
Anyway, it has become a staple of my playing and if you don’t have it in your vocabulary, this is a MUST. The PDF and video in this lesson will help you to learn to play this essential lick.
There are a couple of things about the six stroke roll that I want to mention. First of all, it is crucial to get the relative volumes of the ghosted notes and accented notes dialed in. The ghost notes need to be very quiet and the accented notes should be much louder. It is that difference in volumes that makes all the difference! The pattern will sound great once you have that together. This is a technique issue, so if you’re having trouble with this, you should take a look at your technique (or have a teacher help you). Are your doubles good? Do you have to the technique to play a stream of quiet notes and then add accents to that stream? Just stuff to think about if you’re having trouble with this.
Alright, let’s dig into the lesson!
Here is the PDF: 6 Stroke Roll
And here is the video:
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