Drum rudiments are among the most essential parts of drumming. You can call them the building blocks to any drum beat, solo, fill, and pattern. It doesn’t matter what level you’ve attained as a drummer (beginner or advanced), you must practice your rudiments. In all, there are 40 drum rudiments, some are basic while others are complex.
As you graduate from the basic rudiments, you should then practice the more advanced or complex ones. Five out these 40 rudiments are not optional for drummers. Put differently, the five essential rudiments are a must for any drummer!
So, What Are Drum Rudiments?
Basically, a drum rudiment is a sticking pattern. And, each sticking pattern that a drummer strikes on the drum set originates from varieties of drum rudiments. Majority of those varieties are popular patterns that you are familiar with.
Typical examples include the flam stroke, double stroke, and the single stroke roll. So, when you get your hands on the drum to play, you should check out what rudiments you are engaging.
As mentioned earlier, these rudiments are the essentials or fundamentals of drumming, which is why you should practice them in order to boost your stick control, independence, as well as speed.
Essential basic Rudiments (Exercises)!
As mentioned earlier, it is very important to practice drum rudiments. And, there’s no better way to start than grabbing your pair of drum sticks, alongside a practice pad and a metronome to start playing instantly.
And, while accomplishing this exercise, ensure you’re using a metronome to play, which will help keep you on time. And, if you’re wondering which basic rudiments you can start out your exercises with, the following are the best baits to begin with;
- Single stroke roll
- Double stroke roll
- Flam stroke
- Double paradiddle
These top drum rudiments are the best to begin with because every one of them will definitely help you to learn control, independence, endurance, and speed with your sticks.
But, before you set out to start practicing the above listed rudiments, you need to familiarize yourself with these top essential practice tips;
Tip #1: Schedule Practice and Play Time!
Not consciously creating time for practice and playing is one of the worst mistakes that any player can make. The practice period enables you to improve on your stick control, beats, drumming skills, as well as other drumming techniques. And, playing or jamming time is an opportunity to experiment with your newly acquired drumming skills.
Tip #2: Practice with a Pillow.
Majority of drummers are not aware of this practice tip that involves using a pillow as practice pad. Well, most players would not want to use pillow for a practice pad since it enables little or no bounce, it will literally take in your full stroke. But, you see, that’s the trick behind using a pillow, to compel you to work much harder! As you receive no bounce, you become compelled to engage your wrists in bringing the sticks back up. In doing this, you will definitely work your wrists out.
Exercise: Practice your double stroke roll playing on a pillow.
Tip #3: Engage a Practice Pad.
Most drummers are familiar with this obvious drum practicing tip. But, to take it step further, you should expend half or most of your practice time on a full drum set, while the rest of the time should be devoted to a practice pad. The practice pad will compel you to build your stick control skill. The combination of a metronome, drum sticks and a practice pad are your essential tools for speed enhancement.
Tip #4: Use a Metronome!
While this tip is quite obvious, it is important to emphasize on it over and again! You are likely to cause a hitch on your drumming when you practice without a metronome. This is because you may end up knowing how to play a solo or drum fill off time. To make this tip even more creative, try playing to your best tracks.
Finally, set a goal for yourself on each practice session. Ensure that the goal is as realistic as possible. Goal setting helps to be your driving force as you practice the basic and just any drum rudiments. And, develop the habit of listening to and practicing with challenging pieces of music.
Intermediate Rudiments (Exercise).
For intermediate drummers, there are tons of rudiments you can practice and they include alternated Pataflafla, alternated Swiss Tap Drag, Beater Paradiddle, and more.
The practice exercise below is based on a linear pattern that is common with most players – KLRKLKRL – played two times for every measure.
So, take this exercise slowly and pay closer attention to the stroke sequence at the beginning.
Advanced Drum Rudiment.
Here’s an example of advanced drum rudiment and the exercise for your practice. It is Alternated Cheese Pataflafla.
This is advanced. The stickling takes this form: lRr-l-r-rL rLl-r-l-lR