Drum Rudiments

If you’re not a drummer, or at least a musician, you might not know what drum rudiments are. Simply put, the rudiments are short drumming patterns that can be practiced in order to become a better drummer. For example: LLRL-RRLR.

Guess what? Most drummers you might meet on the street may never have learned the rudiments. A few years ago, I spent a couple of months learning all 40 of them, and I didn’t even have a drum set at the time. I simply used a practice pad on top of a five-gallon bucket.

Okay, it’s not really drum rudiments I want to discuss. It’s plain old discipline. Whether we’re talking about writing poetry or playing the drums, in order to create, you need discipline. That doesn’t look the same for everyone. There is no exact rudiment regimen. You don’t have to set a timer and write for exactly two hours each day. You just have to have the gumption to practice regularly.

For some odd reason, I woke up at 3:20am thinking about drum rudiments. So, I wrote this piece. Nothing creative comes without discipline, and sometimes writing at wee hours. That’s not to say that creativity is hard. It just takes a little time and extra effort. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.