Rudimental Exercises for snare drum
The single stroke, the roll and the paradiddle are the three main rudiments!
They are used and combined in different ways to create fills, breaks and solo’s
When playing rudiments the motion of the arms is very important!!
The single stroke roll is the basic rudiment and the motion is a down, down motion of each hand.
The second rudiment is the roll. Apart from the so called buzz-roll or press-roll, that is executed by pressing the stick on the drumhead for this occasion I would like to stick to the open roll which has to be executed by playing each stroke separately.
The motion for this rudiment is a down up motion given by each hand separately.
The third rudiment is the paradiddle which for me is just a combination of the first two rudiments.
The paradiddle is a four motion rudiment, what means that the motion, down up tap tap is important to execute the paradiddle at a fairly high speed.
It is impossible to play a paradiddle at high speed without the use of the down up tap tap motions of both arms!!!
Exercise: feel for yourself the importance of motion by playing one of the three mentioned rudiments from slow to fast without the use of motion
in both arms. While executing you will notice the muscles in the forearm will be blocked very easily when gaining a higher speed level!!
All Rudiments A through E start on the right hand or the left hand depending on the rhythmic motion in the exercise.
The first exercise is to combine exercise A with B, then A with C, A with D, A with E.
Practice all exercises in a 4/4 bar eg: A A B B or A A C C etc.
Change that into eg: A B A B or D D E E etc.
The accents in the rudiments are simply the notes in the exercise!!!
5 basic patterns played by 4 drummers on a practice pad. The good thing is to see that all 4 of us together sound like one drummer!
It feels good to have the same discipline playing together!
The exercise is one 4/4 bar of paradiddles, diddle-para’s, single strokes, diddles, and inverted paradiddles!
Then half a bar of the exercise in the same hand order!
This snare drum study contains paradiddles, diddlepara’s, diddles and single strokes.
Start with tempo 80 (video)
Now the inverted paradiddle has been added!!
Again, good luck!