Posts Tagged "Rudiments"


A guide to Drum Rudiments Think of the drum rudiments as the “building blocks” of drumming. They are roughly equivalent to a pianist or a guitarist learning and practicing their scales. The rudiments are important to help a drummer develop technique, phrasing, control and coordination on the drums. Ultimately, having a great grasp of all the rudiments will enable you to be more fluent and creative as well as technically...

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When you’ve got to grips with the basic form of the main drum rudiments you could try out a bit of cross-breeding. Hybrid rudiments can be a lot of fun. Take a couple of old friends of ours, the Flam and the Paradiddle. Fuse them together and you get the Flamadiddle. Flamadiddle Also known as the Flam Paradiddle. (Flamadiddle sounds a bit more fun though, doesn’t it?) This is the paradiddle pattern with a flam on the first...

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Traditionally at this time of year we review our picks of free online drum lessons. These are some of best bits from the drumming archives: Popular topics in 2012 Most viewed topic: Practice Routine Topic with most social shares: Drum Techniques Most commented topic: Beginners Review of the year Besides our one-to-one lessons at our London studios we have been leading workshops, running events (including JamSocial), writing articles...

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Some of the most commonly misinterpreted drumming terms are covered in this mini-dictionary of drumming definitions. We’ve chosen one drumming-related word for each letter of the alphabet for this drumming dictionary. Learn these if you’re starting out on drums to help get a head-start in some of the more tricky terms and definitions you’ll come across as a drummer. ACCENT A louder note within a group of notes. An...

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This groove is based on the “Triceratops Triplets” idea we covered in the previous article. See the original post on Triceratops Triplets to get familiar with these. If you’ve followed through the previous post, the result is a pattern using three limbs playing on three overlapping parts of a group of three notes. Try other combinations by assigning the parts differently. Get the left hand in on the action. The...

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This is a ‘dinosaur’ of a challenge based around groups of 3 notes, hence the name Triceratops Triplets. It is deceptively simple when broken down into its component pieces, but as these components get layered the challenge develops some interesting properties. Try this out first of all by just reading the instructions and ignoring the notation. The notation has been included to reinforce and help explain the instructions,...

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Paradiddles can add a fun and unique sound to your drumming. We’re going to explore how to spice up paradiddles and move them from the practice pad onto the drum kit. A paradiddle is two single strokes then a double stroke. When paradiddles are played after each other, the first note of each paradiddle alternates between left and right. Read more about the basics of paradiddles in “Paradiddle Mania“. Practice pad to...

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A technical teaser with a creative twist for you this time… We’re going to combine the Bo Diddley rhythm with paradiddles – to give us “Bo Diddley Diddles”. First things first If you’ve never encountered the Bo Diddley rhythm or you’re unsure what paradiddles are, let’s give a bit of background. ¬†We covered paradiddles in a previous article – read Paradiddle Mania for a good...

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There is no universally correct method for how you should practise drums – some things will work better for some, whilst other things will work better for others. That said, there are a few basic principles that you can follow to get the most out of your time practising drums. Think of your drumming practice in the same way as having a healthy balanced diet of food. We know that having a healthy balanced food diet is important,...

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A method for playing better double strokes Continuing our series of articles about drum rudiments, today we’re going to apply an interesting creative twist to the double stroke. We often get asked about technique and control, especially when it concerns playing smooth and consistent rolls. Every drummer learns about the double stroke roll early on in their drum studies but mastering this deceptively simple rudiment can take...

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