This post is a little guide to demonstrate and help you to play the 13 essential rudiments as designated by N.A.R.D. (National Association of Rudimental Drummers). To learn about N.A.R.D and the history of rudiments, subscribe to this blog because an article is coming soon (or may have already been published depending on when you’re reading this). In addition to that, the website for N.A.R.D. is HERE.
Other organisations or individuals, such as PAS (Percussive Arts Society), have also listed their own series of rudiments but many exercises that make up the various lists are identical. These are very important exercises that help a drummer to learn the sticking patterns and techniques that are required to play a majority of what a drummer will ever play, be it a beat, fill or solo. When watching many of the great drummers, the incredibly difficult patterns can often be broken down and learnt quickly be discovering which rudiments they were using.
In fact, this was one of the reasons that the rudiments were ever standardised and listed, but I won’t go into that as I’ve already mentioned a future article based on this information. For now, please watch the video if you are interested.