What a heap of swinging Scottish fun. I highly recommend having a go with this video.
Five reasons why practicing rudiments on the pad or snare drum. In short rudimental skill is one path to the musical freedom, artistic expression, and joy you are seeking.
If I can help you get started on the drumkit, call me.
The school bands are returning soon. One of my students, in anticipation of resumption is getting ready. We are working on his rudiments, coordination, and repertoire from his school text. He'll be ready.
Does your child need the same support and encouragement? Call me.
Drummer Steve Barnes years ago encouraged me to "get my hands together". Rudiments were a part of that journey.
This was inspired by the video below. Creativity comes from limitation. Doing more with less, moving the accents, and exploring the idea for 2 hours. JoJo's advice. Have fun.
On the pads start at 40 BPM, softly, then 150, then 50 then 140, then 60 then 130 you get the idea. If you are a beginner start at 70 BPM for a few weeks, then start trying out other tempi. Slower is harder to control.
On the kit: My 12-year-old copy says 40 BPM. R=alternating feet, L=hands.
Other ideas play Samba feet under the sticking patterns. Or a Nola pattern, or even a Cuban tumbao rhythm pattern.
Make every note sound intentional.
it goes on and on.
There are numerous ways to play this famous page. Head over to Nick Ruffini’s page and ask for copy of his book. Mailing List - Drummer's Resource: Conversations with the world's greatest drummers and music industry pros. (nxcli.net) And enjoy his podcasts. I’ve listened to over 500 of them!
The key word is intentional practice.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher