In this new video lesson series, Dr. John Wooton will introduce each of the 40 Essential Rudiments. Along with a basic explanation, Dr. Wooton will give you tips on how to improve your playing, as well as how to apply the rudiments – whether you are a marching percussionist, concert percussionist or drumset player. Also included are play-along tracks for the rudiment AND rudimental application exercise to help you achieve your goals.
Practice with the playalong audio files!
Playalong: Open-Close-Open (Slow-Fast-Slow)
John Wooton’s Vic Firth implement of choice for this video:
Johnny Lee Lane (SJLL)
A snare stick with a large shaft and a medium long taper. The tip is designed with an increased surface area for excellent sound quality. Creates a great carrying sound for outdoor playing yet has an excellent feel.
L = 17" | Dia. = .715" [enlarge photo]
New to the rudiments? Here’s a quick suggestion!
In order to facilitate learning the rudiments in a systematic way, Dr. Wooton suggests that you approach them in this sequence (rather than how they are listed on various rudiment charts or posters). This “tier system” approaches the most fundamental rudiments first, providing you with a base on which to build. Each successive tier adds on the basic skills learned in the previous tier.
|NEW TO THE RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING? START WITH THIS FIRST!
John Wooton’s “REAL” Rudiments: The Four Basic Strokes
|TIER ONE||TIER TWO|
|TIER THREE||TIER FOUR|