So for Nasty Lick #78, I return to a concept I’ve written about before–the backwards six stroke roll. I really like this reverse sticking (L R R L L R) because:
1) It’s different! I rarely have heard anyone play the six stroke roll this way. And that’s a good reason to try this. Being different is one of the ways you can stand out from the pack.
2) The sticking allows you play the last note of the six strokes with your RIGHT hand (when you play the six stroke the “usual” way: R L L R R L) the last note is played with the left hand and that limits where you can go on the drum set. With that note being played with your right hand, it’s easier to hit any sound source on the kit that you wish.
This Nasty Lick is proof that #2 above is true. You’ll see when you work on it; the right hand is striking the floor tom on the 6th note of the sextuplet, and that makes for a cool and different accent. It’s not something you can do with the right hand lead version of the six stroke roll.
So, have at it! Here’s the PDF for you to download and take into the practice room: Nasty Lick 78
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