Rudiments: Geography, History, and Evolution
Rudiments are typically just accepted exactly as taught, without much question. The current standard selections are encompassed in the PAS 40 International Snare Drum Rudiments list. What many drummers do not know is that rudiments are ancient and there are many more than just the 40. For a list of almost all known rudiments (850+) be sure to check out my book Encyclopedia Rudimentia, published by Hudson Music. For a more detailed discussion of 22 different international rudimental systems, and even a few rudiments not listed in the Encyclopedia, check out my book Rudimental Grand Tour, published by Mel Bay. The following articles or essays should help illuminate a few small facets of the massive, yet understudied, topic of historical and international rudimental drumming. These articles are revised as necessary if my original assumptions prove to be inaccurate or if new information comes to light.