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I came across Alan Dawson‘s composition of rudiments many years ago and have recently dug it back out for practicing on the pad when I’m not in my studio. This is great stuff! Eighty-six relevant rudiments for drumset players, all phrased in 4-bar segments of 4/4. Dawson intended that the exercise would be memorized and played over a samba foot pattern, which adds the 4-way coordination and limb independence element if you can practice at a full kit. The memorization is a huge task (it takes about 20 minutes to play the whole thing) but it’s totally worth it.

Anyway, the “Rudiment Ritual,” as it is known, can be found in John Ramsay’s book on Dawson, but can also be downloaded digitally here. I used this as a warm-up during my woodshed years. It’s massively helpful and beneficial. DO IT.

PS… To comprehend the gravity of Dawson’s influence as a teacher, check out the list of former students on his wikipedia page linked above. Holy cow.

When I started this blog a year ago, I first did a quick “drum blogs” google search to see how other people did it. I was surprised to find that there really aren’t any, or at least the search “drum blog” doesn’t produce any good results.  This gave me even more motivation to start my own blog.

I’ve since discovered that there are a few other drum blogs out there. A couple that stand out are Nashville drummer Dustin Rohrer’s lesson-oriented blogspot, and Bwack from the David Crowder Band’s page on DCB’s website, where he occasionally posts about electronics and gear.

Check out Dustin’s thoughts on the value of the Rudiment Ritual by Alan Dawson (a value to which I can emphatically attest), and then behold this amazing, larger-than-life, custom sampler that Bwack built for the Family Force 5’s Warped Tour shows last year.

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