Rudimental Articles

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. The following articles or essays should help illuminate a few small facets of the massive, yet understudied, topic of historical and international rudimental drumming.

NARD 26 vs PAS 40 – August 2019

Drags and Ruffs – Shifting Rudimental Terminology – January 2019

The Other 26 Rudiments – September 2020

How Many Rudiments? – March 2021

The 16 Most Common International Drum Rudiments – June 2021

The PAS 40 – An American Rudimental Timeline – July 2021

The Nard Founders’ Personal Rudiments – August 2021

The Bruce/Barrett Controversy – September 2021