Snare drum - drum set


Just som short questions...

In wich way can Rudiments? And or, learning snare drum etüdes and pieces help me as a drumset player? I love both " styles " but i am still struggling to see and relate to the big picture :)

Thanks guys! :)


Platinum Member
You build up your skills on the snare and you transpose those skills to the entire kit.
The rudiments, timing, etc. When you play the kit you are playing the same things that you can play on a snare drum in different ways.


Silver Member
Learning rudiments and snare drum solos is great for getting your technique together. With just a snare drum you can work on touch, phrasing, etc. One's drum set ability will only be as good as what one can do on the snare drum...

Jeff Almeyda

Senior Consultant
In two words: Your hands.

Hands require extra attention in order to fully develop. You need to have nice clean relaxed singles and doubles and the snare/pad work will get you there. Every drummer with great hands has paid their dues on the pad.

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
First of all, snare drum solo stuff is a part of many songs in pretty much any musical style. Start playing around with subdivisions and accents and you can build your whole drum set style on that.

Take any rudiment and move your habds around the kit and make a groove or fill out of it.

Take eg. a paradiddle with the RH on the hi-hat and LF on the snare. That's a pretty cool grovve all it's own. Move accents around the toms or crash w/BD. OK, that's the door opener. Then do the same with all inversions and all accent possibilities.

Try the same thing with any rudiment and also replace hand stroke with the BD.

Rolls are cool on the hi-hat with accent on the edge or on a splash. How about between the hi-hat and ride?

It never ends.

Everything can also be done between any limbs.

Apart from the most basic of rock beats the rudiments are everywhere and the demands for clean and fast singles and doubles are proved in any song with just slightly involved drumming.

Good control and knowing the most economical strokes makes for a nice flow in all sorts of groove playing. Moving around the kit demands a more movement and there are many surfaces to get used to, but ultimately it should be just as comfortable as a working on the snare.

They're the source of all drumming.

If you practice diligently and get a bit creative the doors of possibilities should gradually open themselves up.


Silver Member
Think of it like learning scales on piano. Do you have a drum tutor? He would clarify everything in 5mins I am certain.

BTW - These things I am writing are made up of letters into words into sentences into ideas. Music is no different.


Silver Member
check out Ginger Baker's DVD - Master Drum Techniques or search YouTube for "Ginger Baker mov". There will be pt1, pt2, and pt3 (ie., 3 parts).

Great demonstration of all the rudiments on the snare then applied to the drumset. He stresses very heavily on the rudiments.

Before watching, I always wondered what he was playing on the length solos way back in the Cream days. Not being a drummer then, thought it was cool playing. After watching video, all makes sense now.

hope this helps...