Drum Rudiments Used in Pipe Bands
A rudiment is one of a number of relatively small patterns; which form the foundation for more extended and complex patterns; which follow thereafter.
There are several drum rudiments; but the most common are:
Single Stroke Rudiments
The Single Stroke Roll
This is the most common drum rudiment. It is often played in beats, fills and drum solos.
Single Stroke Four
This is a simple rudiment based on the single roll pattern. However, the main difference is that instead of continuous ; singles, the single stroke is played as sets/groups of four notes. As a matter of fact, this rudiment is great for use with drum fills, hand-to-feet combinations and simple solo patterns.
Single Stroke Seven
This is the most uncommon rudiment in this class. It is similar to the single stroke roll. But played in groups of seven.
Drum Roll Rudiment
Multiple Bounce Roll
This is a popular drum rudiment; and is known best for its use within a marching band setting.
Double Stroke Roll
This is the most common and popular rudiment in this group. It is used as a foundation for other important drum rudiments; hence its popularity. If you are serious about playing drums; this rudiment should be your start point.
Triple Stroke Roll
It is somewhat like double stroke. But uses groups of 3 notes per hand instead of two. This makes it also popular like the double stroke and is most seen on use in Jazz, Latin etc.
Five Stroke Roll
Nonetheless, this is also a powerful stroke roll based on the double roll. But it doesn’t have alternating groups of five strokes per hand. Instead it is usually made up of two double strokes and a single one.
Six Stroke Roll
This rudiment is unique and usually a hybrid of the single and double rolls. It begins with the two double strokes; then two single strokes at half the tempo and then it repeats with the alternate hand leading to the entire pattern.
Seven Stroke Roll
Furthermore, the seven stroke roll is a straight forward drum rudiment that uses both single and double strokes. It starts out with three alternating double strokes. However, it ends with a single stroke. Due to the simplicity of this drum pattern; it’s usable in a wide range of playing situations.
Nine Stroke Roll
The nine stroke roll is very similar to the five and seven stroke rolls. Like these other two rudiments, the nine stroke roll combines a series of double strokes with one single stroke to create an odd-numbered string of notes.
Ten Stroke Roll
The ten stroke roll is a drum rudiment that is quite similar to the six stroke roll. Both rudiments combine alternating singles and doubles. However, the key difference between the two is the number of times that the double strokes are to be alternated.
Eleven Stroke Roll
The eleven stroke roll is based almost entirely on double strokes; except that it ends with a single to complete the odd-note group. Nevertheless, this drum rudiment’s structure is very similar to the five stroke roll, seven stroke roll, and nine stroke roll.
Thirteen Stroke Roll
Moreover, the thirteen stroke roll is a less common rudiment that is based around double strokes. As with the five stroke roll, seven stroke roll, nine stroke roll, and eleven stroke roll ; this rudiment uses one single stroke to end the odd-number group.
Fifteen Stroke Roll
The fifteen stroke roll is a longer rudiment that combines double strokes with one single stroke at the end. In this way, it follows the structure of the five stroke roll, seven stroke roll, nine stroke roll, eleven stroke roll, and thirteen stroke roll.
Seventeen Stroke Roll
Lastly, the seventeen stroke roll is the longest roll-based drum rudiment. As with the five stroke, seven stroke, nine stroke, eleven stroke, thirteen stroke, and fifteen stroke roll ; this rudiment is based on double stroke ending with one single stroke.
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