For those who have been following along for the last couple of issues, you’ll probably be relieved to know this is the last installment in my three-part series on drum set rudiments. Knock these out and enjoy the sweet taste of accomplishment that follows. Once again, these particular exercises take several of the Standard 26 American Snare Drum Rudiments and apply them to the kick, hi-hat, and snare drum, therefore transforming them into “drum set rudiments.”
For this last lesson we’ll be working with the ten-stroke roll, the flam, the flam tap, and the four-stroke ruff. Each rudiment should be worked out at first between kick, snare, and hi-hat, alternating which hand you use to begin the patterns. All exercises should ultimately be applied to the entire kit. Be creative. These exercises may be frustrating at first but that’s part of the fun. I promise.