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Thirteen Stroke Roll

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Learn How To Play The Thirteen Stroke Roll

The thirteen stroke roll is a less common rudiment that is based around double strokes. As with the five stroke roll, seven stroke roll, nine stroke roll, and eleven stroke roll - this rudiment uses one single stroke to end the odd-number group. It's best incorporated into drum fills and drum solo patterns. Here is it written out:

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Thirteen Stroke Roll #1

If you've already practiced the similar rudiments listed above, you'll have no difficulty working through this pattern. Just focus on keeping all the double strokes at an even volume, and practice with a metronome to stay in perfect time. You can work through it using both right and left hand leads.

Thirteen Stroke Roll - Drum Set Exercise

Here is a drum beat using the thirteen stroke roll in a real playing situation:

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Thirteen Stroke Roll #2

This last exercise uses the thirteen stroke roll within the context of a simple drum fill:

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Thirteen Stroke Rolll #3

Once you are finished here, you can move on to the fifteen stroke roll and the seventeen stroke roll.