What? Me Play the Rudiments?!?

Imagine getting home from a gig around 4 a.m. You played well and feel good about how things went. You decide to tune in to your favorite drummer on YouTube and be dazzled by his playing for a while. You wonder: “What makes him such a great drummer? What is different about his playing? What is it about him that makes him so interesting to watch and listen to?” Then it occurs to you that he’s a soloist. He plays drum solos! They are dynamic and impressive solos. So you go to his page online and find that he is really into the rudiments and has downloadable charts from PAS (see JohnCarl.net).

A Very Brief History of the Rudiments: It all comes down to NARD (NO, not NERD, but NARD – although NARD is a place for drum nerds).
From the NARD website:
“The National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD), an organization established to promote rudimental drumming, put forward a list of 13 “essential” rudiments, and later a second set of thirteen to form the original 26. Finally, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) reorganized the first 26 and added another 14 to form the current 40 International Drum Rudiments.”

Confusing? Well, that’s just the essence of life — but none-the-less, let’s eliminate the confusion. Simply put, there are 40 International rudiments and 26 American rudiments. The 40 International rudiments include the 26 American rudiments. The American rudiments are plenty enough, but I encourage students who want to pursue more advanced drumming to learn the 40 International Rudiments.

Rudiments are patterns that can be played on a single or combination of drums rhythmically. Where can I find them? There is plenty about the rudiments in articles and videos which can lead to information overload. There are the “40 International Rudiments”, the “26 American Rudiments”, hybrid rudiments, rudimental exercises and the topics go on. But here, we’re going to discuss the basics.

All of the rudiments are made up of single and double stroke rolls. There are plenty of articles and videos on the web about “LEARN YER PARADIDDLES!!!”. A paradiddle is 2 single strokes followed by 1 double stroke:
R-L-R-R L-R-L-L (Where R = right hand and L = left hand). Although the paradiddle contains both single and double strokes and is indeed a popular rudiment for that reason, learning as many of the rudiments as possible, if not all of them, is always advantageous.

The 40 International Rudiments (which also contain the 26 American rudiments) is available for download from https://JohnCarl.net.

Liberated from Corporate Life (Music Calls)

After a long-term successful career as a software development engineer, I no longer pursue computer software positions. Why?

According to Wikipedia: “Multipotentiality is an educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of a person, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields.”

I have to admit — it is much more fun being a musician than a software engineer. While in the software industry, I concurrently enjoyed being a part time professional drummer and instructor. In retrospect, even though I’ve had a long and prosperous career as a software development engineer, music calls. So I have recently been able to break away from the software industry and return full-time to my roots as a musician.

It is so fun! As a professional drummer as well as a seasoned instructor/clinician for snare drum and drum set, I help beginner, intermediate and advanced students discover their propensity to play well. Students are instructed on what, how and when to practice and learn how to synchronize their fine motor skills solidifying their time keeping, beats, fills and improvisational abilities.

Students are taught how to methodically break down and learn basic and advanced beats as well as complex polyrhythms. Several genres are covered including Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock/Funk/Jazz/Latin Fusion, Heavy Metal, and more.

Who is John carl?

John played his first snare drum at six years old when his school music teacher brought one to music class.  She let the students play the drum while she played Yankee Doodle on the piano.  John played the correct rudimental pattern to that song never having had a lesson.  His music teacher praised him for his natural ability.  John went on to learn to read music, play in bands, and played his first live gig at 18 years old and has been playing ever since.  He began instructing drum set and snare in his early 20’s.  John was named as one of Boston’s top drummers at the ‘Best Drummer in Boston’ competition in 1990.