DRUM RUDIMENTS

Learn to play drum rudiments using drum music & video demonstrations. The drum rudiments are the building blocks of drumming. They enable a drummer to express music on the drum kit. The drum roll is the most famous drum rudiment- every drummer should know how to roll. Learn how to play a drum roll right here.

What are drum rudiments?

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Single Stroke Drum Roll
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Double Stroke Drum Roll
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Paradiddle
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Buzz Roll
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Flam
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Drag
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5 Stroke Roll
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Drag Paradiddle
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Flam-a-Diddle
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Flam Drag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE DRUM RUDIMENTS?

 

A drum rudiment is one of a set patterns that form the basic building blocks of drumming, a bit like an alphabet, or scales on the piano. The most famous drum rudiment is the Drum Roll

 

The drum rudiments can be combined in a variety of ways to create interesting rhythms and patterns for the drums. They enable a drummer to express themselves musically on the drum kit.

 

Some of the rudiments seem to have silly sounding names- Paradiddle, Flama-diddle etc. These actually reflect the sound that is made on the drum when you play them and can help you learn the drum rudiment (and make you laugh).

 

There have been many attempts to formalise a standard list of snare drum rudiments. The National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD), an organization established to promote rudimental drumming, put forward a list of 13 "essential" rudiments, and later a second set of thirteen to form the original 26. Finally, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) reorganized the first 26 and added another 14 to form the current "40 international drum rudiments".

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