Drums For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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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.


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

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Jeff Strong is a renaissance man with experience in the fields of percussion, woodworking, recording, and neuro-developmental disabilities. He is the director of the Strong Institute—an auditory brain stimulation research organization—and creator of Brain Shift Radio, an interactive brain stimulation music site. He has been a drummer for over 40 years and has released dozens of CDs.

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