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Old 04-11-2010, 07:21 PM
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Default How To Do A Buzz Roll

I've been trying to figure it out, and I've been having a lot of trouble. Any tips? Should I tune my snare a certain way too or tighten/loosen the snares?
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:23 PM
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Try Youtube and you will find examples. D o not re-tune your drum.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:39 AM
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I do mine by 'digging" or "pressing" the sticks into the head to get 4 or 5 "bounces".
Essentially, I am doing a single stroke roll and extracting multiple bounces out of each stroke. You can give it an 16th note feel or a triplet feel, depending what fits the song best, and you can add accents or not within the roll.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:38 AM
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I learned this close to the beginning of my drumming journey and have revisited these again this week for an exercise I am working on. My instructor analyzed my form at the last lesson and we went through corrections until I got it right. I am not going to give any advice, because I am a newbie drummer, but I will say buzz rolls are fun and just stay relaxed!
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:40 AM
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The Buzz Roll same as Multiple Bounce Roll. You alternate hand strokes with bounces (you decide the amount), also keep in mind, that they should sound even and continuous.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:16 AM
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- keep your hands low so your drumsticks are close to parallel with the drum head
- don't try to hit hard, just play it softly and work up to putting accents in amongst the buzzes
- listen and feel the buzz
- start playing it about 1" in from the rim with both drumstick tips very close together
Being relaxed is the main point
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:30 AM
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Here's a good exercise........buzz to double-stroke.....that is what he's doing right?

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/d...ic08final.html
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:51 AM
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Hold the sticks in the joints behind your finger nails. Really easy to buzz the sticks from that position. Try working the hands individually for a while. That's how I was taught. And to pull the stick toward you as it buzzes to make a "bloop" noise when you lift it from the final buzz.

It doesn't make that noise when you're actually playing the buzz roll but when you are going slow and working your hands individually it does.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:50 PM
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Here's a couple of past threads on buzz rolls:

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...highlight=buzz

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=50147

http://drummerworld.com/forums/showt...ight=buzz+roll
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For me, the exercises in Stick Control, pp. 12-15, work wonders. Play it slow, and repeat many times. Also Joe Morello has some great buzz roll exercises in his Master Studies book.
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I work on it with my students by introducing the triple stroke roll. It's the very last rudiment I pass to them and it leads to the buzz roll. A beautiful buzz roll is one of the most difficult things to perform in my view, so do work on it on all dinamic levels. A word of advice: LISTEN to Art Blakey!!!
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A word of advice: LISTEN to Art Blakey!!!
I do, and I have to ask, HOW does he get them so loud?
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:42 AM
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I do, and I have to ask, HOW does he get them so loud?
By using his ARMS!!!

I studied with the late great Murray Spicack and his method made you work first with your wrists, then fingers/bounce and finally adding arm motion. He used to say that a crescendo buzz roll is one of the most technical and beautiful things for any drummer to perform properly. To make them sound loud and poweful while still retaining all that nice bounce, you really have to know how to use your arms.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:01 AM
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double storkes then buzz
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:08 AM
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By using his ARMS!!!

He used to say that a crescendo buzz roll is one of the most technical and beautiful things for any drummer to perform properly. .
Absolutely..Blakey's transition rolls are awesome in Moanin' and Along Came Betty.
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By using his ARMS!!!

I studied with the late great Murray Spicack and his method made you work first with your wrists, then fingers/bounce and finally adding arm motion. He used to say that a crescendo buzz roll is one of the most technical and beautiful things for any drummer to perform properly. To make them sound loud and poweful while still retaining all that nice bounce, you really have to know how to use your arms.
Exactly the way my teacher introduced it to me.

Although I'm sure it varies by individual, the double stroke roll is way harder than the buzz roll.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:48 PM
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The Chicken Wing Technique

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioqvI-D5bBQ
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