Cheat Sheet

Drums For Dummies

From Drums For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Jeff Strong

Becoming a great percussionist is more difficult than just hitting drums with sticks. Developing your own fluid and easy style on the drums involves practicing rudiments (sticking pattern exercises) in one of two ways: with a metronome or drumming at various tempos.

Drumming the 26 Standard American Rudiments

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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