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Joel’s tips – 10 rudiments to know when playing with a band

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We at Drumshack are keen to offer our fans expert advice on playing technique, industry tips and of course, the latest and greatest musical gear. This week, we hand the mic over to one of our amazing in-house Drum teachers.

Our newest Drum teacher Joel Prime offers his tips, tricks and thoughts on the Top 10 rudiments drummers should know when playing with a band:

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The truth is that any rudiment can work when playing in a band, as long as the player knows how to incorporate it in a musical way, however there are definitely some ‘go to’ rudiments that can be used effectively in many different situations.

Three of the most common rudiments used by many drummers is the single stroke roll, double stroke roll and paradiddle.

Many drummers starting out can play these rudiments on a snare drum or pad but struggle playing them around the kit. This is because it is easy to lose track of the sticking pattern and/or beat as the hands change drums and create different melodies. I suggest practicing random combinations around the kit while either counting or reciting the sticking pattern out loud. This will help return some of the focus to the order in which the hands are moving. If possible, alternate playing one bar of a groove and one bar playing these rudiments as either eighth notes or sixteenth notes around the kit, trying to create a different melody every time.

In doing this, the player will discover a number of sounds that the rudiment can create. If there are any combinations that the player feels sound particularly good then I recommend repeating the same pattern a number of times until memorised. This way, with practice it will feel natural when including it with music.

Rather than listing another seven unrelated rudiments that can be used effectively around the kit, there are many that share the same sticking patterns as the rudiments above.

I’m talking about all the different inversions of the single stroke roll, double stroke roll and paradiddle.

For example, try to play a double stroke roll starting on the second note. This is called an inverted double stroke.

This same concept can also be applied to the paradiddle… Try starting from the second, third or fourth note etc.

This covers more than 10 rudiments, however, if the player is comfortable playing the first three around the kit then it will be much easier to include the inversions, leading to many more possibilities.

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