Hybrid Rudiments

Hybrid rudiments are the combining of two or more rudiments to create a new rudiment or rudiment pattern. This is not always the case as there are instances of hybrids containing only one rudiment, but have become universally recognized and adopted as a common rudiment pattern. Since there are an infinite number of combinations and stickings, there is no official list of hybrid rudiments, and new hybrids are no doubt created almost daily. Even the names can vary for the same hybrid. There are currently 500+ more widely accepted hybrid rudiments.

Before embarking on these hybrids, a solid foundation in the 40 International Drum Rudiments should be mastered first. Hybrid rudiments can be challenging and great fun, as well as aid in the ongoing development of any rudimental drummer. I will periodically add links to a sampling of the growing number of hybrid rudiments. Each sheet contains 5 hybrid rudiments arranged from least to most difficult. While these are not arranged from sheet to sheet in any particular order (except by difficulty within each self-contained sheet), some hybrids on latter sheets build on hybrids introduced in previous sheets, so I recommend viewing them in order. I’ve selected most based on how fun they are to play so have fun with these and drum on!

 

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 1

  • Hertas – pronounced her-ta, also her-sha and her-sa
  • Grandmas – paradiddle variant with accents on the 2nd and 5th notes
  • Choo-Choo – play correctly and you will hear the chugging of a train engine
  • Alternated PataFlaFla – the name says it all
  • Cheese – also known as “cheeselet” or “cheese flam accent,” any diddled flam is considered cheese

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 2

  • One Handed Flam Drag – follows the Swiss Army Triplet sticking; also called “swiss drag”, “swiss flam drag”, “inverted flam drag”
  • Grandpas – paradiddle variant with accents on the first and fifth notes; similar to Grandmas (you saw that coming didn’t you?)
  • Chutuddas – a flam accent with the accent placed on the second note; also called “alternated flamacue” or alternating flamacue”
  • Diddle Herta – a herta with the first note accented and the second note diddled; also called “four stroke diddle herta”
  • Cheese Paradiddle – a paradiddle with cheese on the first note; also known as “cheeseadiddle” or “cheese-a-diddle”

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 3

  • Cupcakes – a Flamacue Drag with accented flams on the first and second notes
  • Opies – a five note pattern, sticked RLLRL or LRRLR, with a flam on the fifth note of each
  • Parabuzzle – a Paradiddle with the fourth note buzzed/crushed
  • Kramer – a Pataflafla with cheese on the fourth note
  • Flyz – two Swiss Army Triplets, with the second note of each buzzed/crushed, followed by a Flam Tap

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 4

  • Didda-let – a single accented stroke followed by a double stroke; a common variation reverses the order
  • Dragateenth – a group of four 16th notes played as alternating strokes with the first note diddled (double stroke/drag)
  • Side Flamadiddle – a four note grouping sticked RLLL or LRRR with a flam on the first note of each
  • Four Note Swiss Army Triplet – a Swiss Army Triplet with an extra note on the same hand after the flam
  • Cheese-Ka – a Four Note Swiss Army Triplet with an accent on the fourth note; also called “Aaron Swiss”

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 5

  • Gallops – a Didda-let with a flam on the second note; when played properly this produces a “galloping” sound
  • Puguda – a Didda-let followed by an accented note
  • Shirley Murphy – a single stroke + double stroke + triple stroke; also called “1-2-3”, “Murphs”, “Murfs” or “Shirley Murphies”
  • Pataflaka – a Cheese-Ka with an extra flam on the fourth note
  • Side Cheeseadiddle – a Side Flamadiddle with cheese on the first flam of each

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 6 (a bit of fun with flams)

  • Flama-Singles – a group of four single strokes with a flam on the first note
  • Flam-a-Flam – a group of three single strokes with flams on the first and third notes
  • Flamacue-Diddle – a Flam Paradiddle combined with a Flamacue by accenting the second note of each
  • Flama Chuck – a Pataflafla with an extra flam on the third note
  • Flaflam Drag – a Paradiddle with the first note flammed, the second note diddled and an accented flam on the fourth note

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 7

  • Zigiddy Bops – an Alternating Single Stroke Three with an accented drag/double stroke on the first note of each
  • Parafladdle – a Paradiddle with an accented flam on the third note; similar to a Choo Choo; also called a Tapafladdle
  • Flama Chucka Diddle – a Flama Chuck played with Paradiddle sticking
  • Fuzz Taps – a Flam Tap where the primary stroke of the flam is a buzz/crush
  • Churruckitahs – a Flamacue-Diddle with Cheese on the first flam; also called Cheeseacue-Diddle, Cheese Flamacue Diddle

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 8

  • Flam Drag-a-poo – Flama-Singles with drags/double strokes on the second and fourth notes
  • Flammed 3-2-1 – a Reverse Shirley Murphy with a flam on the first note of each, sticked following the format 3-2-1
  • Chatachichi – a Paradiddle with flams on the first, second and third notes followed by another flam on the same hand
  • Flam Stutters – a group of three notes, sticked RLL or LRR, with Cheese on the first note
  • Flam Five – a Five Stroke Roll with a flam on the first note; usually played with the Flam Accent sticking

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 9 (in this one, the first two build on one another, as do the last three)

  • Eggbeaters – a triple stroke followed by a double stroke; played as quintuplets or in 5/8; also called “Fyvie Five”
  • Chinese Fives – an Eggbeater with the first three notes played as 16th note triplets and the last two played as 16th notes
  • Deviled Eggs – a triple stroke then two double strokes, with the first note accented; played as septuplets or in 7/8
  • Slevens – Deviled Eggs with a flam on the first note; played as septuplets or in 7/8; also called “Flam Deviled Eggs”
  • Flam Devils – Slevens with additional flams on the fourth and sixth notes; played as septuplets or in 7/8

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