Learning to play the drums is not as easy as it may seem. If you can’t get yourself to play by ear, then you will need to go through the basics of playing the drums. When you are learning how to play the drums, you need to remember that it is very important to learn about the grooves and beats. However, it is also important to know the rudiments of drum playing.
So, what are the drum rudiments? For starters, you need to keep in mind that this is one of the most important things to learn when you are learning how to play the drums. This is basically the reason why they are called rudiments.
You have to remember that the drum rudiments are the foundation to anything that you will play on the drums. To master the drum rudiments, you will need lots of time and also a lot of practice. Also, after developing a great rudiment technique, you still need to practice it often.
All in all, there are 26 American rudiments. You need to learn the flam, three stroke ruff, flam tap, paradiddle, five stroke roll, and the ratamacue just to name a few. These are just some of the few rudiments that you will use frequently when you are playing the drums. By practicing the drum rudiments, you will gain speed and endurance when playing the drums. Also, they are great for practical use.
When playing the drum rudiments, it is highly recommended that you practice three of them for one week in order for you to master them. On the next week, play another three drum rudiments and practice the three rudiments you mastered a week before, and so on.
Whenever you are practicing the drum rudiments, try to practice them by starting out slow and gradually gain speed when playing them. By practicing the drum rudiments this way, you will be able to condition your hand and also practice in building your vocabulary of the rudiments. Mastering the drum rudiments will enable you to play just about any song you will want to play.
Practicing the drum rudiments will not even require you to practice them on an actual drum set. You can practice them just about anywhere. You can practice them in the office, in your car, in school, and even while you are sitting on the couch watching TV. In fact, you don’t even need to have sticks to practice them. But, practicing with the sticks is much better as you will know how the sticks will feel in your hand when playing the drum rudiments.
Using the drum pad is a great way to practice drum rudiments. It’s not as loud as the real drums, and it is also very portable. The drum pad will also let you feel like you are playing with the real thing.
Always remember that without learning the drum rudiments, there wouldn’t be any drumming. So, by practicing and mastering the drum rudiments, you will eventually have an easier time playing the drums. Remember these tips and you will eventually start playing the drums like a pro in no time at all.
Bass drum creep does NOT refer to the scary guy with the bass drum, it’s the term used to describe the frustrating situation when your kick drum starts sliding further and further away from you with each stroke of your bass drum pedal.
Setting up your kit on a good thick rug or a carpet that the spikes at the end of your bass drum legs can sink their teeth into will generally help keep bass drum creep at bay. (If your bass drum legs don’t have spikes, replace them with ones that do. Any decent drum shop will carry replacement bass drum legs at a reasonable price.)
Make sure your carpet is large enough to fit your whole kit, including your throne. The weight of your body on the throne will help keep the bass drum from sliding away with the whole carpet.
Adjust the bass drum legs so that the front of the drum is an inch or two off the ground and the drum is resting at a slight angle. This shifts more of the drums weight onto the legs themselves and helps the spikes dig in more effectively, which should put an end to most bass drum creep problems.
Sometimes, especially for those of us kicking the drum pretty hard in loud situations, setting up on a carpet is just not enough!
Here is an additional little trick that will END bass drum creep problems.
Take a three foot long 2”x4” piece of wood. I have some nice fabric glued around it to make it look pretty, provide some protection to the drums, and prevent splinters. Now mark your carpet where you want the front of your bass drum to sit. Drill three quarter inch diameter holes through the wood – one hole in the middle and one near each end.
Using some nice, big, 2 inch washers and 1/4 inch thick bolts – actually bolt the wood to your carpet at the front edge of your bass drum. Make sure to put the flattest part of the bolt on the under side of the carpet so that your carpet still lays pretty flat. I also like to put a layer or two of gaffer’s tape over the end of the bolt so that it does not scratch up any nice wooden floors that happen to be underneath the carpet.
It works best if you get the wood wide enough that the legs themselves actually bump up against the wood block although it will work fine with the rim of the drum against the wood block – just be sure to cover the wood with foam or thick fabric to prevent the wood from damaging the rim and lugs of your drum!