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Open Buzz Tap Back to Back Rolls.AVI

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Published on May 18, 2010

I'm hoping some top players will see this video and take it upon themselves to post a more refined example. As for now, this is what you've got:

Typical rolls you'll encounter in Pipe Band Drumming:

-"Open" seven stroke rolls; 3 doubles (usually in triplet form) followed by a tap. Open rolls are not so common on their own, but they are the foundation for buzzed /closed rolls.

-"Closed" or buzz seven stroke roll; 3 buzzes and a tap (usually in triplet form).

-Tap seven roll. Substitute a tap for the 1st buzz. When you see a greater than symbol over the 1st note in the roll, it just means a clean strike, not an accent. (More "correctly" it should be called a closed 6 stroke roll, but it's commonly called a tap seven).

-Back to back sevens. Continuous tap sevens; tap-buzz-buzz-tap-buzz-buzz-tap-etc. in a triplet feel. They should probably be called a closed six followed by continuous closed fives, but again, they're commonly called back to back sevens.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a run of the mill, competitive pipe band drummer. But it's in the ball park for what these rolls should sound like.

I implore you to check out master players and instructors like Gordon Bell, Tom Foote, etc. Here's a video of Tom showing traditional grip as it applies to pipe band snare drum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVXn8....

Also, check out World Champion solos: http://www.gusweb.org/ and this pipe band resource: http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/i...

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