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Short Rolls - Excercises utilizing all four limbs simultaneously.

In the case of rolls, the sound of multiple repeats on a single drum are certainly influenced by sticking patterns. However the drum kit is comprised of multiple drums/cymbals. These exercises encourage the exploration of all possible combinations of vertical, horizontal and cross-body limb interactions. Used as "warm-ups", these awaken the entire body and result in a great deal of coordination and control.

In the notation, pay careful attention to the left-right and down-up motion markings.




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