3 Basic Rudiments

Singles, Doubles and Paradiddles

Lesson Introduction

Today we explore the 3 most basic rudiments

  1. Single Stroke Roll
  2. Double Stroke Roll
  3. Paradiddle

These Rudiments were created by the Percussive Arts Society, as a reference you can download these here.

For the purpose of this lesson,

R = Right Hand
L = Left Hand

Played on a single surface although pay attention to the video with regards to moving around the drumkit. Exercises should be played slowly at first building up speed to a level which is comfortable to play while keeping your arm muscles relaxed. Length of approximately 30 seconds before moving onto the next rudiment.

Single Stroke Roll

Play this as a single stroke in each hand

R L R L R L R L

Double Stroke Roll

Playing 2 strokes in each hand

R R L L R R L L

Paradiddle

This is a combination of both Singles and Doubles

R L R R L R L L

Video

In this Video, you’ll see practical demonstrations of these rudiments and learn tips regarding their application to the drumkit.