Video: The 7 Essential Drum Rudiments

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When you’re learning drums, it’s important to practice rudiments. Drum rudiments are essential and mastering them will help you take your drumming to the next level. In this video, Tulsa, OK drum teacher Tracy D. shows you how to play seven essential drum rudiments… 

Why Practice 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 patterns.

These drum patterns have been fleshed out from the “standard” 26 to the 40 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Official International Drum Rudiments, to an ever-increasing number of 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. In this video, we’re going to focus on the seven “essential” rudiments, from which the others are derived.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn the single-stroke roll, multiple-bounce (buzz/press) roll, double-stroke open roll, five stroke-roll, single paradiddle, flam, and drag. You should practice these open (slow), to close (fast), back to open.

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

This video will help you practice the essential rudiments. So grab your drum sticks and let’s get to work!


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*Courtesy of: P.A.S. Official International Drum Rudiments, Jay Wanamaker and Rob Carson.

TracyDPost Author: Tracy D.
Tracy D. teaches percussion and drum lessons in Edmond, OK, as well as online. She has been playing the drums with various bands for more than 13 years. Tracy 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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  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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