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Drumming the 26 Standard American Rudiments

Part of the Drums For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Rudiments are drumming exercises to help you develop fluency in a number of sticking patterns. Practicing these exercises builds hand-to-hand coordination and develops a relaxed sound. The following rudiments can be practiced in two ways:

  • Set your metronome (or play along to some music) at a comfortable tempo and play steadily for a few minutes or longer.

  • Start out slowly, gradually building up speed until you hit the maximum speed that you can play them and still be in control. Hold that tempo for a few minutes and then slowly reduce your speed until you’re back where you started.

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Click here to download and print a PDF of these exercises.

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