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Drum rudiments

  • Purpose of this page is to be a free resource for all the beginner drummers out there eager to learn the language of drumming.
What Are Drum Rudiments?

Drum rudiments are basic drumming patterns which form the foundation of percussion music. They are often considered the "building blocks" of drumming, and mastering them is essential for developing a solid drumming technique.

Practicing Rudiments: 

Practicing rudiments is essential for both beginners and seasoned drummers. They should be practiced slowly at first, gradually increasing the speed while maintaining precision and control. Incorporating them into daily practice routine helps in refining technique, enhancing musicality, and expanding rhythmic horizons.

Purpose of Drum Rudiments:

Rudiments help drummers build dexterity, coordination, and accuracy. They provide a framework for understanding and communicating rhythmic patterns. Rudiments serve as tools for creating diverse rhythmic textures and musical phrases.

Common Drum Rudiments:

Single Stroke Roll (RLRL) Double Stroke Roll (RRLL) Paradiddle (RLRR, LRLL) Flam (fR, fL) Drag (ddR, ddL) Roll Triplet (R-L-R, L-R-L)


What are flams?

Flam is a rudimentary stroke that consists of two notes played in quick succession, with one hand striking slightly before the other. 

Here you will find multiple flam variations and combinations that you can easily combine with other rudiments.


What is a paradiddle?

Paradiddle is one of the basic percussive patterns which is used to develop hand independence and coordination.


Here you will find various paradiddle variations taht you can use to make fills and grooves.


What are rolls?

Roll is a technique where a rapid succession of alternating stick strokes are played on a drum to produce a sustained, continuous sound.


Here you will find roll variations with different sticking combining singles and doubles.


What are triplets?

In music, a triplet is a group of three notes played in the time typically taken to play two, creating a unique rhythmic figure that lends a feeling of swing or a more fluid motion to the rhythm.


Here you will find ideas how to experiment with accents and add triplets to your playing.


What are drags?

Drags are a type of drum rudiment where you play a couple of quick, quiet taps (called grace notes) right before a louder main hit. Imagine a little whisper before a word—that’s what drags are like in drumming. 


They add a bit of flair and anticipation before the main beat of the music.

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