Drum Rudiments – The First Step to Learning the Drums

Drum Rudiments – The First Step to Learning the Drums

Drum Practice
It's time to start learning to drum! Drum Rudiments are basic beats that make up all the cool drum patterns that we hear. They are the foundation that all drummers should know. To build a strong drumming foundation, always include some time to practice rudiments. 40 Essential Drum Rudiments! There are 40 different essential drum rudiments, which means we will never get bored. YAY! A good guide to the 40 essential drum rudiments I found is: Drum Rudiment Dictionary. It's a great reference for basic drummers. Although the shape of the book is kinda wacky: These 40 drum rudiments were compiled by the Percussive Arts Society International and are used in different styles of drumming. You can download the rudiments and print them out at PAS' website: Percussive Arts Society

Alternatives to a Drum Practice Pad 

Drum Accessories, Practice Pad
In the previous article, we were introduced to the Drum Practice Pad - an item that most drummers swear is important to the growth and development of a drummer. After a quick research about the surfaces, sound levels and feel of the various practice pads in the market at the point of writing, I went ahead and purchased the: Vic Firth 6" Double Sided Practice Pad. So....now I'm waiting for it to arrive. What's a new drummer gonna do to start drumming while waiting?!?! *bangs head in boredom* Alternatives to a Drum Practice Pad To kill boredom and to start some form of practice and drum training, I found some alternatives to a drum practice pad while I wait! If you are in the same, painful state as I am, here are some alternatives you can consider!! Thick Books / A Stack of Magaz
Drum Practice Pad – Introduction

Drum Practice Pad – Introduction

Drum Accessories, Practice Pad
What is a drum practice pad? A drum practice pad features a surface that emulates the feel and bounce of the drums. It allows drummers to practice (and warm up) on it. Drum pads are relatively cheaper and quieter compared to the actual drum kit. Hence, they are commonly used to practice drum rudiments, train stick control, arm strength and coordination. Ideally, drummers should use drum practice pads to build up their foundations - even the pros continue use drum practice pad to improve or to practice their rudiments! Most drum practice pads have a single surface for users to play on. Depending on the material of the practice pad, it can provide different feels and bounce to emulate different types of drum surfaces. These pads may be mounted on a stand or placed over a snare d

Balance Point of a Drumstick

Techniques
Balance Point of a Drumstick: Also known as the fulcrum or the sweet spot of the drumstick. Importance of Identifying the Balance Point of a Drumstick When learning to grip the drumsticks, it is important for a new drummer to be able to identify the balance point of the drumsticks. This is also known as the fulcrum and is the optimal point to hold the drumsticks. Gripping the drumsticks correctly will increase your drumming speed and reduce muscle fatigue as you practice and play. If you have not gotten a pair of drumsticks, get one now and start practicing! How to identify the Balance Point of a Drumstick To identify the balance point of the drumstick, you can use a snare drum or a drum practice pad. (For this, a snare drum feels better) Place the drumstick on you...
Drumstick Grips – How to hold your drumsticks part 2

Drumstick Grips – How to hold your drumsticks part 2

Techniques
Previously, we discovered about the traditional and matched drumstick grips. Today, we will look at the details and variations available in those grips. Do note that these should be used as a guide rather than as an absolute. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable with the way you are gripping your drumsticks. Get your first pair of drumsticks and start learning to drum: 5A Drumsticks For New Drummers The way you choose to grip your drumsticks should be based on: Comfort, Ease of play and Style of play. Matched Grip Variations German Grip Using the German grip, drumsticks are held with the palms facing downwards, parallel to the drum surface. This for of grip allows for powerful drumming. French Grip With the French grip, the drumsticks are held with the palms fac...