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!
*Courtesy of: P.A.S. Official International Drum Rudiments, Jay Wanamaker and Rob Carson.
Photo by Travis Isaacs