7 Essential Drum Rudiments [Video]

Practicing drum rudiments is essential for all drummers, especially if you’re just starting out.

Mastering your drum rudiments will help take your skills to the next level, and in this tutorial you’ll learn how to play seven of them.

These seven drum rudiments are a starting point, and you should learn them before attempting to perform all the other rudiments.

The 7 Essential Drum Rudiments

In the video below, you’ll learn the following necessary drum rudiments:

  • The single-stroke roll,
  • multiple-bounce (buzz/press) roll,
  • double-stroke open roll,
  • five stroke-roll,
  • single paradiddle,
  • flam, and
  • drag.

After watching, practice each of these drum rudiments open (slow), to close (fast), and back to open. You can also set the playback on the video to slower speed, so you can follow along at your own pace until you get the hang of it.

*NOTE: There is a tipping point in double strokes that shifts from muscular-control dominant to rebound dominant as the tempo increases, so practice these as prescribed to build more control.

Now grab your drum sticks and let’s start practicing these essential drum rudiments!

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As you practice these rudiments, you can also follow along with the drum sheet music below.

Try out these drum rudiments in the order they appear on the sheet for the most efficient practice.

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Why You Should Practice Drum Rudiments

Drum rudiments are like words in a drummer’s vocabulary. In essence, rudiments are drum patterns that you can use for drills or warm-ups, or develop into more complex drum beats.

These drum patterns have been fleshed out from the “standard” 26, to the 40 Percussive Arts Society’s Official Drum Rudiments.

So after you master the seven in this tutorial, you can have fun learning even more stick-twisting (and oddly-named) hybrid rudiments.

Drum rudiments are your foundation as a drummer, and all of these rudiments will help you develop finesse. Which drum rudiments are you going to tackle next? Are there any you find particularly challenging?

Let us know in the comments below!

TracyDPost Author: Tracy D.
Tracy D. teaches drum lessons in Edmond, OK, as well as online. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Oklahoma Christian University and has played with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009.  Learn more about Tracy here!

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2 replies
  1. Agostinelli
    Agostinelli says:

    I believe that the rudiments are extremely important, have you seen the book that was written by D. Mark Agostinelli ? Its called “The Drum Rudiment Bible” It has over 500 rudiments in it. He also has a few other books that he has written on the rudiments.


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