The Basics – Single Strokes

Rudiments make up the foundation to everything you play on a kit and other percussion instruments as a matter of fact. With these you will send chills down your listeners spines as they melt in absolute awe to the finger lickin’ beats you produce.

Single strokes

If you are a beginner, this is where to start. If you have played drums before don’t ignore anything, try playing these single strokes as fast as you can but keeping in time with the bass and hi-hat. Don’t worry if you can’t read drum sheet music, just go through the notation tutorial!

Figure A

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Below, figure B, is a video of me playing said rudiment. Watch it if you can, listen to it and try and re-produce it. Then look at the single strokes notation and work out what is going on.

Figure B.