Truly a lost art, this percussion
technique is almost exclusively utilized on the snare drum
, be it in a concert or rudimental setting.
Trying to illustrate
a buzz roll here would be impossible, so it would be easier to explain it. A buzz roll is when each stick is pressed into the head using a variant
on a rebound stroke and then alternate
d to the other stick. The trick to getting a buzz roll to not sound like total crap
is having a feel for it - not pressing so hard that it sounds like ground notes on top of each other, but not approaching it too lightly
and thus producing a sloppy open roll.
A buzz roll on a concert snare drum should just be a sound without borders
, no beginning, no end, and no pulsation. It should sound like silk or a non-fluctuating ocean wave.
The proper way to learn how to buzz roll is to sit in a practice room
with some sticks and a snare drum and just let the stick fall onto the drum until you are able to feel everything about the stroke
, at which point you tighten and shorten the stroke without crushing or grinding it. After a couple of weeks, your hands will be ready to interpret
a proper buzz roll.