Every single thing you will ever find can be sorted into categories. Books have, in the most basic of sorting, fiction and nonfiction. Music has a countless genres and subgenres that fill its entirety. Today, we will discuss a couple drumming categories, namely rudiments and advanced fills.
We will also give some drumming tips that will help you continue developing your unique style in an intelligent and coherent manner.
Rudiments are the most basic drumming concept. This is because they cover the most basic thing that we, as drummers, do; strike the drums. There are multiple variations of each rudiment, but the basic strokes are the single stroke, the double stroke, the diddle, the paradiddle, the drag, the flam, and the roll.
Because these are such basic concepts it is dire that you learn them correctly. A drummer is only as good as his practice regimen allows, so make sure that yours is suited to help you grow rather than not.
Also, be sure that you are attempting to implement these rudiments into your playing daily. This will help you develop the proper level of muscle memory, allowing you to integrate the techniques into your future improvisations.
The important part of learning fills is to be subtle. Being over extravagant and showcasing too many of your skills at once detracts from the value of the song. Remember you are the drummer, the center of rhythm; don’t throw the band off to showboat!
Advanced drum fills should follow either a linear or harmonic pattern, and should consist of one to two different rudiments. Don’t feel the need to throw everything you’ve got into your fill –there are other times for this. When writing a fill, try to keep it appealing. Just because you think your flashy fills sounds amazing, doesn’t mean the average listener would agree. The bottom line is that you are there to please the listener. Make this your goal no matter what.
One of the hardest tips to follow, yet also one of the most awarding, is to approach drums as a non-drummer. This may sound like an oxymoron because you are a drummer, but some of the best playing is outside the box playing.
The only way to properly achieve this is to approach your kit with an outside mind. This means keep your mind open to different voicing, different patterns, and different rudiments. Don’t limit yourself just because the drummer within is telling you that what you want to play doesn’t make sense to a drummer.
As long as you play within the time signature and keep your note values even and clean, you can practically try whatever you want. Be sure to keep this in your mind, but also keep experimentation to the practice room until you have properly worked voicing and timing in. This will help avoid confusion at shows.
Lastly, never be afraid to ask your band mates for ideas; this is why you are in a band together, to share your love of music. Keep yourself open to their suggestions. Good luck!
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