Grade 1 Rudiments
What are Drum Rudiments?
Rudiments are an essential part of drumming and are essentially sticking patterns. In the same way that if you play the piano you need to learn your scales and arpeggios. If you play the drums you need to learn your rudiments! In the Trinity grade system there are 26 rudiments and they’re gradually introduced over all 8 grades.
For Grade 1 there are 3 rudiments you need to learn – the Single Stroke, the Double Stroke and the Single Paradiddle:
It’s important that you practice rudiments as part of your daily practice routine and that doesn’t mean playing them once and then going on to play something more interesting! To get good on the drums you need to build your muscle memory of rudiments and that comes from playing them again, and again, and again! Practice them to a metronome and time yourself – work on each rudiment for at least 2 minutes without stopping. Work on building clarity and good time keeping. At Grade 1 level the rudiments are played quite slowly – around 90bpm in quavers. You also need to build in the coordination of using your feet while playing the rudiments.
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