You can have the world’s largest kit filled with every cymbal known to man, but if you can only perform a single stroke, sooner or later even you will become bored of your playing.
Basic stroke patterns; they may seem, well, basic, but you would be surprised how many drummers never took the time to learn their drum rudiments.
Strokes are the foundation of drumming. The fact that there are different types of strokes, and variations of each, is just added benefit. But why are they important in the first place? Would you build a house without blue prints? Would you write a book without paper, pen, or computer? Would you eat a sandwich with no bread?
Everything has a foundation. In drumming, these foundations are called rudiments. As explained, rudiments are different variations of strokes and stroking patterns. These are important for countless reasons, but we will just cover the basics.
First off, there is coordination. This tiny word is the difference between a musicians and a drummer. A drummer is simply someone who strikes drums. A musician is someone who strikes those same drums, but with musical purpose.
Properly learned rudiments make the difference between the former and the latter. If you only know one simple stroke, your drumming becomes clumsy and drab. If you know many forms of stroking, your drumming becomes lively and dynamic. A single purpose drummer is only a drummer, while a multipurpose drummer is a musician.
Focusing all of your ability into one style of stroking takes away your ability to differentiate yourself from countless other drummers. It makes you one dimensional and also hinders your ability to adapt. Adaptability is a key skill in music.
Would you simply throw away all other emotions except one because they become tiresome to learn and master? No. Neither should you do this to your drum rudiments. Single strokes are great, but they are but one color of the rainbow of rudiments. In order to build a full spectrum, it is important for you to learn the other rudiments.
As mentioned earlier, rudiments create dynamics in your playing. Dynamics convey the emotion of a piece. In order to properly enunciate a piece, you need to learn to use different skills to highlight sections.
Proper implementation of varied rudiments can mean the difference between a sad song and an emotionally heavy piece of music. A simple flam can add a world of difference to a section of a song.
The final reason that rudiments are so important in drumming is that they form expression. Learning your rudiments removes the walls surrounding your playing. This allows you to be more creative. It also helps you to take a different view of your playing. Being able to analyze your playing and choose which strokes would best convey your message is a key skill in music.
Experimentation is a large part of how music progresses and the rudiments open the door for you to experiment, starting with the simplest of voices. Rudiments can also be transferred to any voice of your kit, which gives nearly endless possibilities.
There are many ways in which the rudiments are important. Now that you know how they can benefit your playing, the next step is to learn them and practice as much as you can. This will allow you to add the rudiments into your jams and drum improvisations, which in turn will make for a more dynamic session. Remember to have fun, but practice hard!
#1 – Get Fluent With the Basic Single Stroke Rolling
The single stroke roll is one of the most basic principles that every drummer needs to learn and master. Besides developing control and accuracy, it is also the foundation block for more complicated rolls.
#2 – Get Comfortable With the Double Stroke Open Roll
Double stroke rolls usually pose a problem for beginners due to the requirement of using a single hand to play notes that are typically done by 2 separate hands. Very often, tempo and consistency is compromised when new players attempt this.
#3 – Single Paradiddle Roll
We are still in the introductory phase of getting learning rudiments. Next up, paradiddles are one of the easiest drum rudiments that you can pick up and learn. By incorporating double strokes, it can help your playing sound different from players who focus on single strokes.
#4 – Basic Flam Tap Drums Rudiment
The flam tap is a great one to practice as it allows you to add texture through the combination of various strokes. Have fun while you explore new methods of applying it to your own style.
#5 – Learn One of the Oldest Techniques in Swiss Army Triplet Rudiments
In today’s lesson, you will learn one of the oldest type of rudiment used in snare drumming. Besides being a staple in marching bands and military bands, this rudiment is finding its way into all kinds of popular music in modern times.
#6 – 16th Single Stroke Roll for Versatile Usage
The 16th stroke drum roll is one of the most versatile rolls that can be played in any song beats. This reason alone makes it one of the most important rudiments you need to add to your library.
#7 – Expand Your Playing With the Single Drag Tap Rudiment
The single drag tap is basically played with both your hands. The nature of this rudiment is that it is made up of alternating notes whereby the first is played with a drag and the following note is accented.
#8 – How to Play the Inverted Flam Tap Rudiment
We all learn drumming rudiments for different reasons: from helping you play better to learning variations of the striking patterns to learning genre specific rhythms.
#9 – The Flam and the Three Stroke Ruff
By now, you should have known that rudiments are the foundation of building rhythms. Today’s lesson on the flam and 3 stroke ruff builds on knowledge of other strokes that you had learnt earlier.
#10 – Two-Handed Riding Tips And Tricks
The term 2-handed riding literally means that you are riding on 2 different parts of the drumset at the same time. This means that you would be working the hi-hat , ride cymbal or even the floor tom simultaneously.
#11 – Rudiments, Tips And Advanced Fills
After learning all the different types of rhythms and beats, how do you apply them into your everyday playing? In this article, we take a look at further developing your style and playing.
#12 – Mastering The Triple Paradiddle Effectively
Though it may not be easy to master, this is one of the most effective drumming patterns to challenge your technical and coordination skills.
#13 – How To Master The Single Ratamacue For Drumlines
The single ratamacue is very commonly found in drumlines. Besides providing a solid ground for decent fills to add ons, these style sof beats can also be easily implemented into any genres of music.
#14 – Mastering The Double Ratamacue
Building upon the single ratamacue, the double ratamacue is an advanced pattern that can take your knowledge to a higher level and increase different aspects of your current skills.
#15 – Five Stroke Roll to Create Interesting Sounds And Ideas
5 stroke rolls are great rhythms that you can use to add a new twist to spice up your drum improvisation. If you are looking for a sound that is unique, this is one you don’t want to miss.
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