Technology can be an unwanted distraction in the learning environment (ex. – teenagers with cell phones during rehearsal). But it can also be a great tool to enhance the learning experience. I want to highlight two of my favorite (and most useful aps) for percussionists.
The first is an absolute must, not only for percussionists, but for all musicians. This indispensable app is, of course, a metronome. I’ve tried numerous metronome apps, but the one that I keep coming back to is The Metronome by Soundbrenner. Some of the many features included are: set any time signature up to 16/8, a full range of preset subdivisions, a wide and varied selection of sounds, the ability to tap the tempo on screen, and the option to save settings for songs and setlists. One con of this particular app is it’s availability only for Android devices. There are tons of other options and best of all, it’s completely free! To find out more, visit the site or download at the Google Play Store and see for yourself why this metronome is superior to others.
The second app is specific to rudimental percussionists. It’s called Drumate and is available (unfortunately) only for Android devices. This great little app aids in the learning of 39 rudiments. It does not include the buzz roll, nor any hybrids. For any rudiment, you can choose a constant tempo, progressive tempo in set steps, or an open-close-open progression. The audio quality is very clear and sounds like an actual snare drum. You can mark your favorites and also sort by type (rolls, flams, etc). It’s available in both free and paid versions, but both versions are the full version. The paid version is $2.99 and goes to support the developer and future updates. It’s available on the Google Play Store so check it out and start learning/improving those rudiments today.
Both apps can aid in the teaching/learning process and can be particularly helpful to band directors with weaker percussion skills and only a basic knowledge of the percussion family. Of course, nothing can replace the human element needed for a successful Teacher/Student environment, but these apps and others can be a great way to supplement the teaching/learning process.
Greetings all! I’ve added 4 more sheets to the Hybrid Rudiments page. This round includes:
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
Each sheet is available for free download on the Hybrid Rudiments page. And if you like what you see at Drummin’ Around and think others would too, please remember to share on your favorite social media outlet. Thanks for visiting!
I’ve just added three additional downloads to the Hybrid Rudiments page. These include:
- 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
- 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”
- 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
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Now through the end of 2014 my self-published books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings,” will be on sale for just $5 each! The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Two great gift ideas for any drummer, young or old. Get yours today!
Earlier this year I self-published two books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings.” Now through Christmas I will be selling these for $5 each. The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Either would make a great gift for the holidays for any drummer, young or old. So what are you waiting for? Buy one!
Grenadier’s Quickstep from “Col. H.C. Hart’s New and Improved Instructor for the Drum“ by Col. H.C. Hart, 1862 has been added to the Resources section under Rudimental Solos. This download includes both the fife and drum part.
Welcome to Drummin’ Around. It is my hope that what you find here will be of benefit whether you’re a student (beginner or advanced) or educator. My focus will be on rudimental literacy and the application of rudiments in practice and performance. Thus far, I’ve included some classic rudimental solos, a wide variety of links to some not-so-known sites that are full of great information, and the beginning of a Care and Maintenance section that beginners and teachers of beginners will find of interest. And if there is something you would like to see included here, please let me know.