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Why Memorize the Rudimental Ritual?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Search our site for “Rudimental Ritual” and you’ll find 13 lessons, 23 videos and over 6 hours
of material dedicated to learning the legendary Alan Dawson exercise.
Explaining it, breaking it down, and
generally rambling on about how to think of it… That’s a lot of discussion and
breakdown over something you can find a free PDF of with a quick online search.

So why spend so much time talking about how to memorize it?

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 10: The Complete Rudimental Ritual

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

This is the final segment of the Rudimental Ritual. We cover the end of the Chops Builders section with a flurry of flams. Like, 15,000 of them. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 9: Chops Builders

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

FINAL SECTION!! We break this up into two parts (as usual) so that leaves us on the cusp of completing the Ritual.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 8: Innovations 2

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

For this segment of the Rudimental Ritual, we’re finishing out the Innovations section.

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Creative Rudiments: Double Windmill

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another Creative Rudiment to go along with the Rudimental Ritual. This is the Double Windmill out of the Swiss Rudiments section. Check it out…

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 7: Innovations 1.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 7 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we break into the “Innovations” section. Long sequences of stickings but there’s good reason: These rudiments are very flexible and useful!

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 6: All Swiss Rudiments

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 6 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we tackle the rest of the Swiss Rudiments. Lots of flams, kids.

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Creative Rudiments: Swiss Army Triplets

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here’s another rudiment we can get creative with: the Swiss Army Triplet. I first heard Hutch use this and I love how fat it sounds at a medium tempo.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 5: Swiss Rudiments Thru Flam Rolls

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Now that the 26 American Rudiments have been covered, it’s time to crack open a bottle of Swiss Rudiments. We’ll add these in 3 parts. Part 1 starts with Tap Flams and ends with Flam Rolls.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 4: All 26 American Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

How are those hands feeling? I hope pretty good after the first 3. Well, we get a break this time. Just a few left and we’re finished with the first major section: the 26 American Rudiments.

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Creative Rudiments: 5 Stroke Roll

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

If you’ve spent any time learning rolls, you’ve most likely played the 5 stroke roll hundreds of times. Ever tried to make it swing?

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 3: Rolls

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Prepare to get your doubles together…we roll for about 5 minutes straight in this section. But man, does it feel good once we’re finished. My wrists and fingers get loose and then when I pick up sticks to play, my hands feel great.

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Creative Rudiments: Ruffs and Drags

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

If you’ve ben following the Rudimental Ritual series, then this is right up your alley: we’re gonna find ways to use the 1st 3 rudiments from that exercise.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 2: Flams

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Technique | 1 comment

Part 2 deals with flams. Flams, Flam Taps, Flam Accents…you’ll be flammed out after this one. But this section is short and sweet, so enjoy it. We’ll have some heavy sledding coming soon…

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Rudimental Ritual, Part I

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Welcome to the Ritual. The Rudimental Ritual.

This is a rite of passage for drummers. It’s designed by jazz drumming great Alan Dawson. He taught Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jeff Sipe, Terri Lynne Carrington, and countless other badasses. And most of them had to pass through this lengthy exercise as part of their training.

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