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The BEST WAY To PRACTICE RUDIMENTS! – What You Might Not Be Doing


First video of 2018 y’all it’s gonna be a good one too. Let’s go! Welcome back friends. I’ve missed you
guys, man. As some of you may know I took the first week of January off so this is
the first official day of the production year for me. But I just wanted to take a
few days and dedicate it to practicing. Now during that week off I decided that
2018 I was fully gonna dedicate to the hands. And my target for this year, my
goal for this year is to help you guys develop the best hands possible. So this
year you’re gonna see a lot of videos on hand technique, hand exercises,
traditional grip, match grip, all of that stuff, kit application. The hands are the
most important aspect of your playing so you’re gonna see a lot of videos. Not
every single one is going to be on the hands but there’ll be at least one a
month, for sure, of some some really good sort of hand stuff that you can do on
the drums, on the practice pad to help you develop the strongest hands possible. Alright, so today we’re going to talk about how to practice your rudiments. It seems like it’s just one of those simple things that you don’t really have to
give too much thought into but it really is, man. It makes a difference if you
approach practicing your rudiments the right way because it’s going to affect
how you sound on the drums. Now although when I’m on the practice pad in front of the TV and I’m just kind of doing my exercises and stuff, I am kind of on
autopilot, you know what I mean? Because I kind of know what I’m doing so I just
pick an exercise and I’ll just do it. But, yeah, although I’m just kind of on
autopilot, at the same time I am getting excited about what I’m going to be able
to do on the drums as a result of what I’m doing on the pad. So there’s always
some kind of objective in the back of my mind while I’m doing these exercises. So
it’s not just a matter of getting nice and clean and it ends there. Like I’m always thinking about this. This is the end goal
with any exercise that I’m doing. For example when I’m on the practice pad and
I’m practicing my double stroke and I’m going for strength and clarity and stuff
and you know playing from the elbow a little bit and almost kind of muscling
them out a little bit but staying loose at the same time. It’s a tool that I’m
gonna be able to use when I go to play double strokes on the toms. I know
they’re gonna sound really nice and clean and the volume’s gonna be even and
they’re gonna sound really sweet. Now I’m gonna show you another way that
you can work on your rudiments that you might not be doing right now
but once you start doing it, you’re gonna do it all the time. This is a very
musical way to to work on your rudiments and the goal with this exercise is
dynamics. Accented strokes vs. ghost Notes Now most of us, you know, when we play a single paradiddle You know we’re sort of getting those accents up and
just making sure that they’re louder than the ghost notes, and you know making
sure you can clearly hear the accents and stuff like that and that’s fine. This way however, we’re taking this to the extreme and we’re stretching out the
range and we’re making it as broad as we possibly can. So, using that same example a single paradiddle, and you can do this with any one of the rudiments that
involves singles and doubles. But let me suggest to you doing it this way. Instead of playing, like I just showed you , what I like to do is this I’m using that same thing, the single paradiddle we have the accented strokes
and we have the ghost notes Imagine you’re working with a volume level from one to ten, alright? What you want to do is separate your accents from your
ghosts, okay? So your accents are gonna be at volume ten. All the other notes around
the accents, you want to make as small as you possibly can off the surface of
the pad. So, those ghost notes are almost going to be non-existent. You’re going to
be playing them but they’re going to be barely audible, alright? The effect on
this is awesome by the way. But so let me just
show you this example once again, single paradiddle. What I’m going to do, play my
accents at volume 10, my ghost notes right down here. So instead of this Right? You get this So what I’m trying to do here is make sure that my sticks barely
leave the ground, right? So the volume on those strokes are going to be really low. Let me give you another example using a triplet We all know how to play the triplet This is one that I like to do as well I’m going to start just by playing
the accents. So its like…it’s like this: 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4 just like that Alright? And what I’m going to do is introduce those ghost notes but I’m going to introduce them at volume one, or even less than that if I
can. And play them right down here so once again: 1, 2, 3, 4 you bring them in Alright? As you’ve heard, or maybe you
didn’t, I don’t even know. But you can hear how tiny those accents are coming
off the pad. When you work on your dynamics like that,
Wow, it has a really cool effect when you, particularly when you’re playing your
snare drum. You’re playing accents and stuff on your snare drum. This is one
thing that I really like to do with the five stroke roll The fact of the matter is, man, the softer
your ghost notes are when you’re playing around accented strokes on the snare or
between tom hits or whatever, the smaller those notes are, the better it sounds. The
coolest thing about taking this approach to practicing your rudiments, you know
with that a huge contrast? It’s just the way it makes everything sound when you
go to play it. Everything just sounds better your flow improves massively when
you do this. Anytime you go to play any type of groove that involves playing
ghost notes, you’ll start to notice just how much better it sounds. AND you also get a
sense of how you used to sound. The grooves that you thought sounded really cool, you start to notice: “you know what? my ghost notes were actually a little bit louder than they should be” and you know, you start to notice things
like this from doing this kind of exercise. This is a key element to
improving your flow, whether you’re playing solos or whether you’re playing
any type of groove that involves playing ghost notes. And again, the smaller they
are the better everything sounds. This of course also greatly improves your stick control. You know because you’re using your wrists and your fingers, you know
what I mean? You’re going directly from super loud strokes to whisper quiet
strokes. So your finger control ends up improving like crazy So I highly suggest adding this to your rudiment routine and you don’t necessarily have to change
anything that you’re doing all you really have to do is start making a
conscious effort to making those ghost notes as small as you possibly can.
Start from zero and bring it up to like one tops, in terms of volume. And you’ll
notice a big difference when you go to play that stuff on the kit So, yeah man, that’s just a really super
cool way that you can approach playing rudiments. A really important way, in my
opinion. That you probably haven’t been doing If you haven’t, it’s not your fault, right? You just haven’t been shown the right way And that’s why you subscribe
to this channel. Thanks for watching this video. I expect y’all now to get to work.
We’ll be back with another video very soon And in the meantime man, Like,
Subscribe, Loose hands Don’t forget the loose hands! See you next video

Reynold King

100 Replies to “The BEST WAY To PRACTICE RUDIMENTS! – What You Might Not Be Doing”

  1. I never thought to approach practicing rudiments this way. Definitely will do it from now on. The pad can sometimes trick you into hitting harder than you ought to and this ruins you style on the drums. Thank you very much for this tip, Rob.

  2. Might just be me but i'm really good at the whole keep the volume at 0 part also thx a lot rob I love the stuff u do keep it up

  3. As always, such good advice. Hands and dynamics are both so important. I greatly appreciate the communicative gift you have.

    One open hand exercise I enjoy lately is eliminating the kick. HiHat can be used.

    Drum on Mr. Rob!

  4. You got the best teaching videos out there.. Hope to see para diddle diddles soon. maybe on the kit and snare both hands leading

  5. Maybe this year I'll finally be able to do paradiddles at a decent speed, and with dynamics to boot. Looking forward to a great "hands" year.

  6. Yo Rob,

    I was just curious with you traditional grip, if you noticed any trouble with your wrist?

    Great stuff and content. All the best for 2018.

  7. Excellent first video Rob👍 I've been working hard on my ghost notes lately and this could be a great way to improve it. Greetings from Mexico

  8. hi rob, glad you talk about practicing the rudes. Great Job. I was wondering about traditional grip since I've been working on it since I'm a matched grip player. I watched your vid on trad. grip, but wondering if you could demonstrate rim shots with traditional grip.

  9. Thank You. Very useful hints for practicing rudiments, which is often uninspiring. I have found useful to insert more 'diddles' into paradiddles. For example:   R l r r l l r r L r l l r r l l. Inverted: R l l r r l l r L r r l l r r l

  10. hi thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.i had a request ,can you let me know the 5 most important rudiments for hands and feet..God bless you

  11. Yes, yes, yes. It is all about the hands. Great advice and exercise. Reminiscent of David Garibaldi’s three level sound concept from “Future Sounds,” and we all know how killers his ghost strokes are with Tower of Power. Stick control is key kids, work those hands.

  12. Rob I stumbled accross your channel and a week later I bought a set. If u see this comment let me know how I did. I got a sonor force 2007 birch 5 piece with 3 200 series boom stands and the 200series hi hAt. Kit came with zildjian zht cymbals ( I know they aren't the best) but I got all that for $450 the kit looks brand new, not a mark on it. Thanks for your response and for making videos

  13. Mr. Beat down, I just started playing and I've gone the traditional grip route for now; My left thumb has swollen and added at least 25% more to the size of my thumb. Quite painful, but I can't tell if it's muscle or tissue forming where I've never strengthened it before, playing too much in one go, or suck it up butter-cup, no pain no gain?

  14. Thank you Rob for sharing your knowledge.  I'm a studio owner and am working on my chops for sessions where the artist doesn't have a band, your videos are so succinct and to the point, it's really helping a lot.  Thanks again.

  15. As a guitarist of many years, ive recently taken up learning how to play drums, and find your channel to be a wealth of incredible information. Many thanks!!!!!!!

  16. When I notice I'm getting sloppy I fall back on the rudiments. I usually practice them along with a recording I like.
    Instead playing along with the song I just play rudiments till my wrists get tired. Then I come here and see what
    I'm doing wrong! lol

  17. Guys got great technique. However he's not a natural drummer. The feel and groove isn't there. Good teacher tho…

  18. I was doing rudiments while watching this and when you said loose hands i loosened up and smacked my sticks together really hard and they bounced and hit me in the face, thanks for the tip

  19. Beatdown has got to be the best alias for a drummer I’ve ever heard of. That being said I appreciate you taking the time to teach some of these skills, it has improved my playing dramatically.

  20. I've never had lessons. I wish i had though. I'm learning rudiments 10 years later. I discovered I'm terrible at all of them. I"m going back to square one. Including holding sticks and applying rudiments. I'm trying to break 10 years of bad habits.

  21. Great vids Rob. You have a good way of giving drummers easy practices. You explain and break them down very well. Nice job!

  22. cool….Accents and Rebounds…….George Stone has a book on this kind of thing……its a must ……watch Joe Morello solos with Dave Brubeck for ultimate inspiration on this stuff. Great job!

  23. oooh…..a cool thing i learned from Steve Gadd….is to play the paradiddle and displace the accent….from the 1st note as you should……to the 2nd……then the 3rd….then the 4th……back to the 1st note………..very melodic

  24. Hi Rob! It s so great to hear that since once I had a lesson with K Washington and he told me exactly the same thing! Much improvement on articulation and sound!!! Learning a lot from these videos! Looking forward to the next one

  25. I have to say I been watching these for about a month or so. All I can say is wow. Very well explained, very well thought out. And very well executed!! There are myriads of teaching tools and teachers out there however you speak slow enough where I can watch listen and partake of the exercises all I can say is thank you sir. By the way I’m sure on one of these videos so tell the folks here your cymbal sizes and makes and models. I have not seen that yet. But they sound awesome! Thanks again for your cool teaching your smooth like Luke cage on Netflix!! Haha. Just messing.

  26. Awesome lesson! Thanks for this…I have always played ghost notes a bit too loud, but I am going to work on this.

  27. Knows how too keep it entertaining! My favorite drum teacher on YouTube. I'm trying to play like he does with least amount of energy and max output.. I'm 57. I'm trying to make all movements. Smooth and drop the sticks on the head of the drum cleanly without any sideways movement . I'm a contractor and this actually helps me hammer in nails into concrete in that if you don't hit the nail. Perfectly square it will go off sideways and just chip the concrete and then you gotta start over. It scan be very frustrating and. Takes a steady hand . Ask any carpet installer about the trouble hammering concrete nails into cheap. Flakey concrete.. cheers goose guys and rock the eff out! Yes haw Elmer effers

  28. Some drummers may or may not agree with this being the very best way, I don't think myself that there is a very best way, but being able to do it is always a great idea. What I do agree with, from experience and from my observation of the performance of other drummers, is… LOOSE HANDS!!

    Other drummers may substitute that with the expression… MAD HANDS!!

  29. Hey Rob yea I have been working on my rudiments and also working on better hand speed so I definitely will add this to my practice. I have trouble with my left hand since I had a mild stroke but you know what I'm gonna keep hitting and banging it out because I know you have said in the past practice practice practice and that's what I'm working on. I try to play with the music I like but working on rudiments gives me what it need to stick correctly and move smoothly thank you for the video. Peace

  30. Did Tony Williams practice on pillows? I know that Dennis Chambers practiced that way. I guess they tried not to rely so much on  rebound, just powered the second double into the head. Tony would play the "ritual" and you couldn't tell he was changing rudiments. All all the strokes sounded the same! Those guys have incredible strong sounding chops, obviously.

  31. Thanks for putting a more musical twist on every lesson and making em all far more interesting natural and fun to do. When the starving artist in me gets the chance I will be throwing you some support on patreon I do not wanna see these tools disappear!

  32. How do i do a single roll fast, everytime i try it turns into doubles or maybe triplets , I'm just learning to play , i have alot to learn still

  33. Great lesson – Do you have any existing videos on the Purdie Shuffle and can you explain a regular shuffle?

  34. Actually been using that ghost note techique keeping very low and accents high ,interesting concept with a really good sound difference,as usual you were dead on the mark Rob

  35. What's is the best order of learning the rudiments? Or does it even matter which order I learn them in? Thank you…

  36. R l r r L r l l
    R l r r l R l l
    r L r r L r l l

    Next, shift the whole pattern one stroke left..

    l r r L r l l R
    l r r l R l l R
    L r r L r l l r

    Next shift again.. repeat till you have 8 groups as above.

  37. Question please: would you say that the tighter the drum head the more rebound on the stick happens? Reason I ask is it may have more definition on the ghost notes you think?

  38. Play guitar bass mandolin violin piano for 25 years almost.. last month I decided to finally get serious and correctly learn some drums. This is a great channel.

  39. I haven't had a kit for four years now. I think i've gotten every possible sound and volume I can out of my practice pad. It's still fun to practice the hell out of rudiments. I'm still working on that double stroke substitution you did in another video.

  40. Rob, glad I found your channel. Newbie here, my kit I’m getting for Christmas is a Roland V drums kit as acoustic is not an option for me.
    I’ve self taught on guitar and keyboard since retiring from military and now I want to include drums.
    Is it ok to practice rudiments on the kit itself, just the snare?
    Wifey gonna get angry if I have to buy something else😂

  41. Been using the 5 b chop out stick, on a smooth ceramic brick as a pad, trying to get good single strokes with tradition. Too much rebound. So i better stop that. Not at all like a tony snare drum

  42. The intro!, ….really dude! This guy is just to cool with great material ! Thanks as always! Blessings

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