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  1. Registered User

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    Default Played for 12 years by ear, looking to improve techniques, please advise.

    Hi guys,

    I've played drums for 12 years, I can keep up with most rock songs and I want to become more dynamic and interesting. Some goals I have:

    1. Learn the Purdie Shuffle.
    2. Learn funky beats on the cowbell.
    3. Learn some gospel chops.
    4. Learn to play in something other than 4/4.

    My plan is to start a binder of the 40 rudiments, as I never practiced these. What else should I work on to become more proficient? Thanks very much.

    Is there a site where I can print out the 40 rudiments?
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    First thing I'd say is try and take some lessons with a good tutor, that should help set you on a path and give you the resources. Also before worrying about the rudiments, get the foundation solid; singles, doubles, flams and paradiddles, before adding anything else into the mix. Sit with a pad and work on them to a metronome, then apply and orchestrate around the kit.

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    There's 40 rudiments??? Who knew?

    Self taught here too. Improving your skills and knowledge of anything is always a good thing.

    But don't let it steal your feel! Much luck to you!

  4. Enjoy Every Sandwich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healthie View Post
    Hi guys,

    I've played drums for 12 years, I can keep up with most rock songs and I want to become more dynamic and interesting. Some goals I have:

    1. Learn the Purdie Shuffle.
    2. Learn funky beats on the cowbell.
    3. Learn some gospel chops.
    4. Learn to play in something other than 4/4.

    My plan is to start a binder of the 40 rudiments, as I never practiced these. What else should I work on to become more proficient? Thanks very much.

    Is there a site where I can print out the 40 rudiments?
    https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/educat...rudiments.html
    They used to have a downloadable chart/poster on their site, but I didn't have time to hunt it down. Just google "Vic Firth Rudiment Chart" and you should be able to find images of it.

    I don't recommend playing by ear. I'd suggest using your hands, wrists, arms and feet. Keeping those sticks in your ears while hitting drums and cymbals can be quite challenging.

  5. Chomp, Chomp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healthie View Post
    Hi guys,

    I've played drums for 12 years, I can keep up with most rock songs and I want to become more dynamic and interesting. Some goals I have:

    1. Learn the Purdie Shuffle.
    2. Learn funky beats on the cowbell.
    3. Learn some gospel chops.
    4. Learn to play in something other than 4/4.

    My plan is to start a binder of the 40 rudiments, as I never practiced these. What else should I work on to become more proficient? Thanks very much.

    Is there a site where I can print out the 40 rudiments?
    Do you read music? If you do, I’d recommend the following:
    Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
    Master Studies by Joe Morello
    Advanced Techniques for The Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin
    4 Way Coordination
    Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
    Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice

    I agree with RushDrums24. Start with the paradiddle. If you have to say RLRR LRLL in your head, you’re playing them way too slowly. You need to get to the point where they’re as easy to play as a double stroke roll. Rudiments need to be automatic.
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