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LEVEL 1

TECHNIQUE

THEORY

RUDIMENTS

Technique

As explained in level 1, in pipe band drumming we use a very unique version of the ‘Traditional Grip’ compared to other styles of rudimental drumming. This is mostly due to the muscle movements required to switch between very quick rudiments and buzz rolls.
 

To execute these techniques, there are two main movements used:

  • Wrist Movement

  • Finger Movement

Music Theory

The music theory and understanding chapter is designed to give you a full understanding of how to read and write music, how to count time and how to understand the different types of tunes used in pipe band drumming. These will help with the following areas:

  • Recognising rhythms

  • Understanding time signatures

  • Playing different types of tune

  • Reading music

  • Composing music

New Rudiments

The rudiments that are in levels 1 and 2 are what I like to call the ‘fundamental rudiments’. Whether you are applying them to diff erent types of tune or using them as technique exercises, you will use these rudiments throughout your drumming career more than most. In each level, you will find a section of exercises based on rudiments that you have already learned.

 

In each level, the rudiments get more intricate and tricky to execute, putting you through your paces as your progress.

Fundamental Rudiments

As explained in level 1, in pipe band drumming we use a very unique version of the ‘Traditional Grip’ compared to other styles of rudimental drumming. This is mostly due to the muscle movements required to switch between very quick rudiments and buzz rolls.
 

To execute these techniques, there are two main movements used:

  • Wrist Movement

  • Finger Movement

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