In drumming, we have rudiments. These are your standard “phrases” with which a drummer builds upon. A five stroke roll, as demonstrated above by a humanoid drumming machine, is one of many rudiments, and so happens to be one of my favorites. These phrases can be altered by differentiating accents, tempos, and dynamic (volume)–making for limitless applications.
Once you know the basics, you can practice anywhere, and transfer these skills to a multitude of percussion instruments.
I had the pleasure and great honor to be instructed in drumming by John Oddo as seen performing below with the Babylon Islanders Drumline.
(Mr. Oddo is the rotund mamaluke with the mustache.)
(Don’t pay any attention to the guy all the way on the right.)