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- Jan 5, 2020
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Yes, and most of the other snare books (Whaley, Cirone) I have don't indicate stickings or rates, which tended to frustrate my rigid mind.
Out of the Whaley book "Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer," there is a note above one of the pieces and it states; "This study primarily deals primarily with rolls of varying duration. In concert band or orchestral drumming, rolls are not measured. The desried effect is a continuous sound." (my emphasis).
I took this to mean, with slower tempos you're going to have to use more notes and quicker tempos less notes, i.e., different stickings. But in either case, to make it a 'long sound' to the concluding note, that suits the tempo. Most of the snare books I have just sit on the shelf, I have instead favored books like Joel Rothman's 'Rolls, Rolls, Rolls" because it takes a very 'measured' approach, or very specific duration for the rolls used in his studies. Much easier for my noodle to comprehend!!!
The thing that varies with the tempo is the pulsation speed-- the subdivision underlying the roll. The absolute rate of the roll has to be fast enough to get a quality long tone-- depending on the tempo you may use a 32nd note pulsation, or septuplets, or sixtuplets, or quintuplets, 16th notes, 8th triplets, or 8th notes-- talking slow to fast tempos there. That's what all the stuff in the last pages of Stick Control is about.
Just to add to the refernces in the thread....
I don't own the book, (& too afraid to click on a web-based PDF) but I did see this in the Amazon 'preview' of Norman Weinberg's "Guide to Standard Drumset Notation" on abbreviated notes (slashes).
" Rhythmic Abbreviations: An abbreviation consists of a note with one or more oblique slashes drawn through the stem, or centered above or below a whole note. The note indicates the total duration of the abbreviation and the slashes indicate the note values of the abbreviation. "
That's the deal with American roll notation-- it's always abbreviated 32nd notes. Three slashes/beams total, no matter what the actual rhythm of the roll/roll pulsation when the music is played.