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Rudimental Symposium — Scottish Pipe Band Rudiments

Basically the rudiments used in Pipe Band drumming are the same as the American 26, with a few very interesting variations.

by Andy White
Sep 15, 2017

Advanced Herta Applications

Rudimental Polyrhythms in Odd Subdivisions

by Aaron Edgar
Jun 28, 2017

1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page

Part 6: Building Independence

by Libor Hadrava
Jun 28, 2017

1,000 Ways to Practice a Single Page - Part 5: Challenging Rudimental Approaches

The longer I play the drums, the more I appreciate and value the time I can spend on only a snare or pad. Let’s dive into a few concepts to improve our overall technique. Here’s the rhythm we’ll be interpreting…

Libor Hadrava
May 31, 2017

Concepts - Rudiments: For or Against?

Talking to drummers about the rudiments is much like talking to the average person about politics.

by Roy Burns
Apr 24, 2017

The Collapsing Concept - Crushing Roll Rudiments to Create Contemporary Swing and Solo Ideas

The late, great author and educator Jim Chapin gave me this exercise in a lesson a number of years ago. It deals with the seven-stroke roll and Jim’s concept of collapsing the rudiment to create a six-note grouping. In our…

Steve Fidyk
Feb 23, 2017

Pataflafla Builder - Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment

One of the most beneficial of the forty PAS rudiments is the pataflafla. It’s one of the few where each hand plays a totally different part. The leading hand uses what I call the Moeller whip-and-stop technique, and the secondary…

Bill Bachman
Feb 23, 2017

The Flexible Five - Exploring the Five-Stroke Roll on the Drumset

Rock ‘N’ Jazz Clinic The Flexible Five Exploring the Five-Stroke Roll on the Drumset by Mike Johnston One of the most common questions I get from students is about applying rudiments on the kit. They want to know how to…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

BASICS - Five-Stroke Glue

The world’s greatest drummers have often laid the foundation of their grooves and fills with the five-stroke roll. It can act as a connective tissue that binds musical ideas together. Think about Steve Gadd’s hypnotic marching rhythms, Carter Beauford’s slick…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Quintuplets, Part 1: The Basics

Some may think of quintuplets—groups of five notes in the space of a quarter note—as an unusual rhythm reserved for the technical folks playing math music. But quintuplets aren’t that different from triplets (which weren’t always commonplace), and it’s possible…

Bill Bachman
Feb 23, 2017

Swiss Rudiments - Basel Drumming, Part 4

In this lesson we’ll take a look at a song from Camp Duty Update, my most recent book about the history of rudiments and their European roots. The melody of the tune “The Slow Scotch” was used in nineteenth-century military…

Claus Hessler
Feb 23, 2017