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Rudiments on Drums


For a great exercise in control, practice switching the accents to each successive note. The parenthesis denotes an accented note.

(R) L R R - (L) R L L

R (L) R R - L (R) L L

R L (R) R - L R (L) L

R L R (R) - L R L (L)

Be sure that there is a distinct difference between loud and soft notes. Keep them clean
and even. Remember that proper execution is always more important than speed.



Play the following sticking on the hi-hat: RLRRLL, RLRRLL (This is a paradiddle-diddle)

Put the bass drum on the first note of the first grouping and the snare on the first note of the second grouping (there will not be a HH on that note).

This pattern creates a 16th note triplet groove that sounds great intermittently inserted over a straight eighth feel.



A terrific exercise:
This version of "WIPEOUT" incorporates single, double, and triple paradiddles.

Repeat over and over until you build up your speed. This is
a great exercise for hand to hand control.

R l r r, L r l l, R l r l r l r r, L r l r l l, R l r l r r, L r l l
(Capital letters are Accented notes)

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