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Rudiment Variations

All drummers know that you should practice your rudiments if you want to play faster and cleaner on the drum set, but if you only ever practice your rudiments one way it may be hard to apply them to your everyday playing. Varying the way you practice each rudiment not only helps to clean up your technique, but it also helps with coordination and timing.

To change up a rudiment you can try a variety of things including playing them at different dynamics or on different drums. The only thing you need to keep the same is the sticking.

Below are some examples of some classic rudiments, played normally first, then played in a different note subdivision. Work through each example slowly and use a metronome to ensure you are playing the correct subdivision.

Rudiment Variations - Backbone Drum School
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