I'm good-to-great on the basic 26, depending which rudiment! I use several rudiments in everyday playing, and do so pretty much without conscious thought, they're just part of my musical vocabulary. Probably my most-used are single strokes, flams, paradiddles, and open & closed rolls.
I suppose the single rudiment that affects my kit playing is the paradiddle. Again, not in a conscious way and not incorporating paradiddles as beats (as was the fashion in the late-'60s & '70s because it sounded kinda funky cool...) but more as a way to enter or exit a fill, so that one of my hands is where it needs to be for the "1" or maybe the back beat. No thought given when it's happening, it just happens and I'm glad it does.
All the benefits of rudiments aside, I'd like to take a moment and say you probably learned in the right order for you. That is, especially when new at it, you concentrated on what made it fun. The rest comes after, in my opinion. Plus, as one learns by picking what is fun, it's all too often that the stuff previously thought unfun becomes what is fun.When I first started drumming, I steered away from the rudiments because they seemed boring. Of course I was only 6 years old when I started, but I still refused to take them seriously until I was about 14. My drum teachers would give me rudiments, stick control, and other things like that to practice, but they would also give me more enjoyable drum set grooves and exercises. I always used to skip the boring stuff, and over practice the "cool" stuff. I would be averagely progressing in the drum set work, and stuck on the same page for weeks at clip in my rudimental studies. I can't recall when exactly I realized the importance of what they were, but when I started to take them seriously, my world of drumming expanded into endless possibilities. Even just taking a paradiddle and using it around the drum set turns it into a really complicated but nice sounding fill. I also began to look back and realize how so many things I was doing before were directly related if not derived from some or any of the rudiments. I have lately for the past year or so really been into the science behind music, and how creativity can actually be converted into math or science like structures!! I play a few tonal instruments other than drums, and sometimes I listen to licks or figures and either like them - or I don't. The next step I take is taking a step back and saying to myself "why/why don't I like this groove, fill, lick etc."? It really has been improving my music.
I use 6 stroke roll (in sextuplet form)26 eh...? (startled look)
I've been spending the last few months on some, and taking them around the kit. I'd like to just have several of them in my natural muscle memory where I can stick em in a roll or play a part of one as a fill WITHOUT THINKING...
Which one do you guys use the most?
Which ones are hardly used or not as usable?