Let's talk Rudiments. Are they important? Time to ruffle the feathers again.
Before I make anyone upset, I just want to say that rudiments have their benefits. They serve a purpose and they are good to know, but I think they have their time and place. If you're a drum line guy you're probably going to be playing a lot of rudiments, but as a worship drummer, I don't feel it is as important to spend time digging into them.
Our main focus as worship drummers is trying to be the most rock solid drummer that we can be. After all, our job is to be the backbone.
Paradiddle with Praise?
Now let's talk about rudiments in the worship drumming world. Quite honestly, I just don't see the need to drill these into your head. Now, as far as our hand coordination and warm-ups go, I think rudiments are great to get the blood flowing. Do I think you have to know all of your rudiments and be proficient at them to be a killer drummer? Absolutely not. I see videos all the time of drummers killing it on their rudiments and that's totally rad. I see guys just grinding it and woodshedding these exercises over and over. However, I've never once thought, "I'm going to do a double paradiddle fill right here in this chorus." Perhaps that's simply not my style. But that's exactly what I wanted to talk about: our "style."
Solid Simple Style
Our main focus as worship drummers is trying to be the most rock solid drummer that we can be. After all, our job is to be the backbone. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about being solid is simplicity. Now, I'm talking about the style of music that we mainly have on Worship Artistry and not really bringing the "gospel" style into it. That's a different story and that style tends to be a little more on the busy side. You can definitely be a busy player and still be solid, for sure, but most of the modern worship style is based on simplicity.
The style of music we play determines the rudiments (if any) we practice. When the key is style, and the style is simple, I just don't see the need for spending excess time learning rudiments. Practice the grooves that we typically play, to a click, and master them. Once you can play those, then sure, practice some rudiments. More quality practice is always beneficial. Ask yourself, "when am I going to use this?" and focus on the style you play most often.
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