Rudimental Ramblings: What Are “Rudiments” Anyway?

January 19, 2010 8:28 am in Concert, Drumset, Marching by mark wessels

I've always been a little uneasy about the concept that there should be an official list of "40 Essential Rudiments". Is it just out of date? Or is it completely inaccurate to declare that ANY list of patterns/rudimental vocabulary is essential? That leads me to ask, "What are rudiments anyway?"