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Rudimentary Patterns - Not to be mistaken for "Rudimental Snare Drumming" patterns!

There exists an entire school of performance which embodies what is known as "rudimental drumming". Though not entirely limited to snare drum performance, it's safe to assert that set drumming has never been embraced on so large a scale employing just traditional rudiments.
Here Rudimentary means Basic - with all 4 Limbs employed simultaneously.
We encourage every drummer to be familiar with the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments. However, among the similarities in our study flow exercises to the traditional rudiments, one will note that there are also probably as many differences. We seek to dispense with the traditional in favor of a more direct and progressive approach.
These Rudiments will develop Horizontal, Vertical and X-Body Coordinations.
Horizontal coordination is established from left across to right, and vice versa. Vertical coordination is cultivated from top to bottom and vice versa. Cross-body (X-body) is the establishment of facility from top left to bottom right, top right to bottom left and of course the opposites of these as well. The study flow exercises are composed to cover all of this.




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