The Basic Rudiment

“You only get better by playing.” – Buddy Rich

    When learning something new, you always have to start at the beginning. Seldom there is a born master. Every successful musician started somewhere, and this is where you start…

In percussion music, a rudiment is one of the basic patterns, or “sticking”, used in drumming. These patterns of drum strokes can be combined in many ways to create a unique sound. The first rudiment you will learn is the “Paradiddle”.

     A paradiddle is the basic rudiment every percussionist should know. This rudiment can be played in marching percussion, concert percussion, and on the drum set. The paradiddle is an extremely versatile rudiment, and is easy and fun to learn.