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Drum Rudiments


Drum rudiments are the foundation of every fill, pattern or beat you play in your drumming. There are 40 rudiments in all. They can be broadly categorized as Single Stroke, Drum Roll, Flam-based, paradidde and drag based rudiments. They’re the standard of basic rhythmic patterns found in Western music. Rudiments were often named after their sound, which accounts for some of the unique names.


Rudiments have a history that is tied directly to use of the snare drum in the military. The Swiss were the first to chronicle the use of drums to signal troops in battle. In the early 15th century, many elite Swiss fighting forces were employed throughout Western Europe as mercenaries. This practice was quickly adopted for use in other European countries. Baron Friedrich von Stuben, working for the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1778, wrote “Regulations” which specified drum signals for the Revolutionary Troops.


The original use of the term, rudiment, was by Charles Stewart Ashworth. He used the term to classify a group ofdrum patterns and established himself as the father of rudimental drumming. In 1812, he published his drummingmanual, “A New, Useful and Complete System of Drum-Beating.” Later, in 1869, another book contained drum rudiments – “Strube Drum and Fife Instructor.” It was published by the National Guard of the New England States. By the 1880’s, John Philip Sousa, Director of the U.S. Marine Band, wrote a manual of instruction called “A Book of Instruction for the Field-Trumpet and Drum.” The book soon became a guide for military drummers in all branches of the armed services and had also a wide civic distribution having contained a collection of drum rudiments. After the turn of the century, Sanford (Gus) Moeller’s book, “The Moeller Book,” published by The Ludwig DrumCompany in 1918, sparked a renewed an interest in rudimental drumming.


Also during this time the American Legion began organizing national contests for the Drum and Bugle Corps.However, there were problems with these competitions because of the differences between the rudimentspublished over the past century. Spearheaded by the American Legion and the Ludwig Drum Company, the most influential drum instructors from across the country came together at the American Legion National Convention in Chicago and created a set of 26 rudiments. This also led to the creation of the organization NARD (National Association of Rudimental Drummers) in 1932. Membership in NARD required a performance test on the 13 essential rudiments. The 13 additional rudiments of the 26 were not required.


Today there are 40 recognized drum rudiments broken into four categories: I – Roll Rudiments (17 rudiments); II -Diddle Rudiments (4 rudiments); III – Flam Rudiments (12 rudiments); and IV – Drag Rudiments (10 rudiments).NARD dissolved in 1978 leaving The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) to be the remaining advocate for rudimental drumming.


Diligently practicing drum rudiments are the basis for every drummer’s success as a musician. Knowing them well will expand your playing capability.

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Wood Drum Shell Construction

There’s much more to consider when choosing a drum set than how nifty it looks. There’s its construction and that brings to mind the shells. Drums are constructed of a variety of materials:

Type of Shell Material:

• Wood
• Metal
• Synthetics
• Hybrids

The shell is the main part of any drum. It’s what everybody see and where the sound starts after you hit the head. The construction of the shell has an effect on a drum’s sound. Let’s take a look at wood construction first:

Maple is an all-purpose material that tends to produce a warm tone. They may be slight, but on the warm end nonetheless.

If you seek to boost the high frequencies, then birch is a good choice. The midrange is slightly reduced while maintaining a good low-end punch.

Mahogany produces a smooth midrange, muted highs and rich, warm tones on the low end. Think vibrant and resonant when it comes to a mahogany shell.

When you want equal amount of high, mid, and low tones, go with walnut. Walnut gives you tones that are substantial, yet warm.

Need something a little softer? Enter oak. Oak shells produce softer highs with substantial midrange sound, warmer low tones. Oak shells are all-purpose with a fairly quick decay.

For punchy low tones yet pronounced high and midrange tones, beech is a good choice.

When you want to advance the highs, yet maintain a midrange punch, consider cherry wood. It’s balanced with a familiar low end tone. Cherry is sensitive yet bright.

Have you even heard of bubinga wood? Bubinga produces punchy, yet sensitive tones with even amount of high,  midrange tones with a rich low end.

Like the wood itself, poplar gives you soft highs and mids while boosting low-end warmth. It gives you a smooth and even sound.

When the sound calls for warm highs and mid that are pronounced, go with ash. It also gives you an average low end. Overall, think throaty and warm.

The bottom line with wood shells is that there’re a lot of different types of wood out there. More than 3,300 species of timber in the wild. As such, the potential for new sounds is almost limitless. Each type of wood produces its own unique sound when molded into a cylinder and made into a drum shell. Consider how you play and the music to gravitate toward. Which type of wood would be your best choice? Buying a drum set depends upon much more than looks. Its construction is its foundation. Choose wisely.

Next up, we’ll look at Metal, Synthetics and Hybrids. Stay tuned.

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From Paradiddles’ Featured Deals: Natal Arcadia Series & Evans Drumheads

From Paradiddles’ Featured Deals:
Natal Arcadia Series & Evans Drumheads

The Bundle Deal:

Free Evans American up-grade pack with the purchase of any Arcadia drum set by Natal.

The Arcadia set is available in a transparent sunburst lacquer finish.

• 8”x10” Tom
• 9”x12” Tom
• 16”x16” Floor Tom
• 18”x22” Bass
• 5.5×14  Snare Drum

Available in six fishes:
• Grey Strata (poplar shell)
• Black Sparkle (poplar shell)
• Grey Sparkle (poplar shell)
• Red Sparkle (poplar shell)
• Transparent Black Lacquer (birch/poplar shell)
• Transparent Sunburst Lacquer (birch/poplar shell)

Six piece hardware pack (included):
• Double braced boom cymbal stand
• Double braced cymbal stand
• Double braced hi hat stand
• Double braced snare stand
• Single bass drum pedal
Aluminum ball double tom mount

Drumhead Pack Includes:
• Evans 10″ Ec2 Clear Drum Head – TT10EC2
• Evans 12″ Ec2 Clear Drum Head – TT12EC2
• Evans 16″ Ec2 Clear Drum Head – TT16EC2
• Evans 14″ G1 Coated Drum Head – B14G1
• Evans 22″ EMAD Clear Bass Batter Head – BD22EMAD

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Pearl Eliminator Pedal

Pearl Eliminator Dual Chain Drive Pedals with Case
Pearl’s PowerShifter Eliminator Bass Drum pedal provides the ultimate in player tunability and control. With a choice of 6 different cams (4 included and 2 more optional), 4 beater faces, PowerShifter functionality and pearl-pedalcomplete control over pedal surface grip or slip, this is the most tuner friendly pedal that you can buy.

The P-2000C is also available in a belt drive model, the P-2000B.

DRIVE: Double Chain
POWERSHIFTER US.PAT.5574237: Our revolutionary PowerShifter function provides 3 positions to fine tune the power and feel of the pedal. By moving the footboard forward or back, you change the chain or belt drive angle, thus changing the leverage to create a light, regular, or strong feel.

INDEPENDENT TRACTION GRIPS: The PowerShifter Eliminator’s Traction Plate footboard insert allows you to remove and reconfigure each individual traction grip to suit your exact playing requirements. From maximum grip to full slide and everything in between, the choice is yours. The Traction Plate also reverses to focus the slide or grip surfaces to either the toe or heel of the pedal.

ZERO PLAY HINGE US.PAT.7179978B2: Our stainless steel hinge is manufactured with incredibly precise tolerances to prevent play between the footboard and heel, yet provides maximum freedom of motion for blazing speed.

ROLLER HOOP CLAMP US.PAT.5726370: Our Roller Cam Hoop Clamp multiplies each turn of the adjustment knob to speed the process of attaching the pedal to the hoop. It fits an extremely wide range of hoop thicknesses, and offers the smoothest, most secure grip possible.

WIDE TENSION-RANGE SPRING: Our counter spring has been designed to perfectly compliment the weight and balance of the footboard and beater assembly. It also offers a much wider range of adjustability, allowing you to fine tune the pedal tension to suit your playing style.

UNI-PRESSURE SPRING CLAMP: Our Uni-Pressure Spring Clamp System grips a full 360 degrees, and allows infinite beater angle adjustments. Featuring a unique Floating Spring Pendulum design that is perfectly centered on the clamp, this system offers full precision bearing movement for unmatched smoothness.

QUADBEATER US.PAT.5610351: Our QuadBeater provides four different beater surfaces, each with its own distinct sound. You can choose from 2 hard plastic surfaces or 2 felt surfaces, and either pinpoint or line contact with the head.

It is also available in a Double Pedal Complete Left- Footed Set, the P-2002CL and the P-2002BL

The P-2000 and P-1000 SERIES pedals come standard with Custom Carry bags.

Regular Price: $309.00
Our Price:  $189.00

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All About Drumheads

The history of the drumhead has changed little over the years. Thousands of years, actually. The recipe is simple. Find an animal. Kill it. Skin it. Have a nifty barbecue while the skin drys. Next, stretch it over the drum shell and secure it. Bingo! You have a drum to beat.

Then, along came the 20th Century. Suddenly, drummers had an entire set, or “kit” to bang. Snares, toms, assorted the cymbals and the like. The problem was, going from venue to venue the heads were affected by the changes in temperature and humidity. Not good.

Fortunately, the 1950s changed the temperature quandary. Coming to the rescue, DuPont

Remo Controlled Sound Clear Head

trademarked a new product – Mylar polyester film. Mylar caught on quick and was used in scores of products. One was drumheads.

With drumheads came a myriad of types for various purposes. In this post we’ll be looking at some popular ones. It should be noted while there aren’t any set-in-stone rules about which type to use for a genre of music, heads do offer sonic qualities and performance characteristics. Drumhead types include:

  • Single Ply
  • Double Ply
  • Coated
  • Pre-Muffled
  • Specialty Heads
  • Resonant

Single Ply

Single ply head are the most common. Made from a single sheet of Mylar, they typically come in 7, 7.5 and 10 mil. The most commonly used drumhead is the single ply. These heads are made from a single sheet of Mylar and usually come in thicknesses of 7, 7.5, and 10 mil thicknesses. There are a few 12 mil that have crept in to the recent market. A thinner head produces brightness and overtones while sustain decreases.

While single-play are sensitive, they also provide the least amount of durability. So, when one thinks single-ply, think jazz, light rock (Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Hollies, James Taylor and Bread.)

Double Ply

Typically, double-play heads consist of two-layer plies of 7 mil each. Some utilize different thicknesses for to achieve distinct tones.


In general, double-ply heads have a deeper and more controlled sound with fewer overtones. Plus, they provide the drummer with a more defined attack, a shorter sustain, and a fatter punch than single-ply heads. Durability is also increased.

Double-ply heads are preferred in heavier, louder musical styles, and their pronounced attack makes them a great choice for players needing a more articulate sound, like what you often hear in extreme metal, fusion, and R&B.


Heads can be sprayed with a translucent coating, or sprayed until coated solid black or white, while others are etched to create a textured surface.

A science lesson is in order. Dampening occurs when you add more mass to a surface that supposed to vibrate. Non-coated heads will produce a brighter, less controlled sound, and they will have more attack. Coated heads have a warmer tone when compared side by side with non-coated heads, even when tuned to the exact same pitch.


Muffling helps to eliminate unwanted tone. Think duct tape and an assortment of other materials. Often, pre-muffled heads are used on bass drums.

Manufacturers jumped on the idea and began producing models that have varying degrees of built-in muffling. The main purpose of these heads is to eliminate overtones and focus the overall tone of the drum. The most commonly used methods for pre-muffling a head include adding a layer of Mylar or other material to the top or underside of the outer edge. If you’re ever looking for a damp 70s style sound, try Evans’ 2-ply, oil-filled Hydraulic head.

Specialty Heads

Specialty heads are designed for a specific purpose and manufacturers offer its own line (or lines). The center-dot head is one of the more common specialty models. These heads have more durability and produce a more focused tone than their standard heads.

Specialty heads include those made with Kevlar (or other aramid fibers) and those featuring pinhole vents around the edge. Kevlar heads are the strongest models on the market, making them ideal for extreme hard-hitting playing situations, like heavy metal and drum corps. They can also handle extremely tight tunings and are good choices for players looking to replicate more “synthetic” drum tones.

The downside of Kevlar heads is that they produce a very one-dimensional sound. While you can adjust the overall pitch via tuning, Kevlar heads always have a dry sound with almost no sustain.

Vented heads feature little holes around the edge. These holes allow for the release of the air that’s produced by striking the drum, resulting in a sound that has a bit more attack and projection than that of a standard head of similar construction.

Let’s not forget about the original specialty head: calfskin. These heads sound dark and warm with a big, chubby attack. As previously mentioned, the problem with calfskin heads is that their tone and tuning are greatly affected by changing weather conditions. There are various versions of this type of head, made with synthetic materials that have a similar look to real calfskin but won’t be affected as much by climate changes.


The main purpose of a resonant head is to react to the moving air column that’s set into motion when the batter head is struck. The two most common thicknesses for resonant tom heads are 7 and 10 mil. Bottom snare heads are often very thin, ranging from 2 to 5 mil.

The thicker the resonant head, the more sustain and the deeper the tone. Thinner resonant heads have less sustain and a brighter tone. (Less mass and less energy equals less sustain.) Also, thin resonant heads will need more tuning maintenance because they vibrate more rapidly and are less rigid than thicker versions. If you use a coated resonant head, the overall tone warms up significantly. Some resonant heads are also available with a dampening ring such as Evans’ EC Resonant, which helps focus the overall tone and increase the lower overtones.

The Bottomline

The bottom line when it comes to picking out new drumheads is to consider what sound you’re looking for and what type of music you play. A heavy hitter may need a double-ply head for extra durability, while a drummer with a lighter touch could get plenty of life out of single-ply models. Also, someone looking for an open, bright sound should start with a non-coated single-ply head, while players preferring a fat, dark sound may need a double-ply or pre-muffled version. The options are out there; you just have to ask yourself a few questions in order to “head” in the right direction.

Paradiddles offers a variety of heads from Remo, DW Drums and Evans. Here’s a link to search results for drum heads on the site. We’re sure you’ll find just what you need.

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Drum Triggers

Drum Triggers

Electronic drum triggers for acoustic drums provide the ability to create digital signals that track dynamics and capture a player’s feel better than some electronic kits can. While there are several manufacturers of trigger’s, Ddrum’s broad range of triggers stand out as an industry leader. Plus, it can be used with the sound module of your choice.

Great sound can be achieved by combining miked drum sounds with triggered sounds, to beef-up or otherwise enhance a drum’s acoustic tone. Triggers used by drummers on stage re-create the exact sounds from their band’s records while retaining the look and feel of acoustic drums. The advantage all of this is if any of the drum sounds need to be changed, it isn’t necessary to come back and rerecord the drum parts. The engineer just dials in another snare, kick, or tom sound. Handy.DDrum drum triggers

Much of recording is done in small studios. Many just aren’t designed to manage acoustic drum sets. By triggering drums, though, a drummer can play an acoustic set, record the overheads, and record the “drum performance” as both MIDI and audio coming from the drum sound module.

If your band records or even plays live gigs, triggers make a lot of sense toward getting the sound you want. They’re more than simply another gizmo. Triggers give you the control and sound you desire from your playing.

Need a trigger kit? No problem. Paradiddles has you covered for less than might expect. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Anatomy of Drum Sticks

Drum sticks are a somewhat important part of a drummer’s gear. But, what’s the low down on a couple pieces of wood? Here’s the scoop on sticks.

A typical drum stick is turned from a single piece of wood, most commonly of hickory, or sometimes maple or oak. Drum sticks of are also made from metal, carbon fiber and other modern materials.

A proper stick education begins with its anatomy. The tip (or bead) is the part most often used to strike the instrument. Originally, and commonly of the same piece of wood as the rest of the stick, sticks with nylon tips have also been available since the late 1950s.

Tips of whatever material are of various shapes, including acorn, barrel, oval, teardrop, pointed and round.

The shoulder of the stick is the part that tapers towards the tip and is normally slightly convex. It is often used for playing the bell of a cymbal. It can also be used to produce a cymbal crash.

The shaft is the body of the stick, and is cylindrical for most applications. It is used for playing cross stick and applied in a glancing motion to the rim of a cymbal for the loudest cymbal crashes.

The butt is the opposite end of the stick to the tip. Some rock and metal musicians use it rather than the tip.

Now that we have the anatomy handled, let’s talk the assortment of brands. Here at Paradiddles, we offer several:

  • Cannon

  • Innovative Percussion Inc
Los Cabos

  • Pro-Mark

  • Regal Tip

  • Vater
  • Percussion Inc. 

  • Vic Firth

  • Zildjian

Vic Firth is our number one seller for several reasons. Firth is one of the leaders in drum sticks. Their Signature Series is one of their most popular stick series. Each signature stick is made with the same care and respect for artistry and musicality. Models in the firth-sigsSignature Series are designed through extensive research with the finest drummers from a variety of musical styles. The designs reflect their musical requirements in terms of feel, sound projection and cymbal color. Vic’s Signature Series truly puts the artist’s personal touch into a drummer’s hands! Visit their website to view some interesting videos about their stick-making process.

Zildjian, primarily know for its cymbals, also manufactures high-quality drum sticks. Their 5A Maple Green Dip sticks are very sensitive and controllable. Maple wood provides a lightweight5B-Wood-Blk-Dip alternative to Hickory. Maple sticks produce dark tones on your instrument and offer a softer feel. Supplement your favorite stick with a maple version to give your playing a new, yet very familiar treatment. Maple DIP® models are treated with a double coating of our exclusive DIP® grip. This provides a desirable back-weighting to the stick that is particularly noticeable in the lightweight maple models.

If you are looking for a stick that gives you the maximum grip to relax your hands and still be light enough to fly, Maple DIP’s are for you.

At the end of the day, it’s the combination of tip, shaft, length and taper that creates a stick having the power for heavy gigs or offering the articulation and balance necessary for pop, fusion and more sensitive styles. Choose the right sticks for your playing style.

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Stuart & Friends

More NAMM 2016 videos >

Paradiddles owner, Stuart Aldoroty, isn’t always manning the helm here at the drum shop. Here are a few images of him hanging with few guys you may know.


Stuart with former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland.


Stuart with Liberty DeVitto, the original drummer for Billy Joel. He’s also played with Rick Wakeman, Bob James and Meat Loaf.

Liberty with stuart

Kenny Aronoff and Stuart. Aronoff was the drummer for John (Cougar) Mellencamp, John Fogerty and Smashing Pumpkins.

Chris Adler- with Lamb of God-cropped

Chris Adler and Stuart. Adler is best known as the drums behind Lamb of God, Megadeath and several others.

Dom Famularo with Stuarttuart- Dom Famularo and Stuart. Dom is a drummer, drum teacher, author, clinician and motivational speaker from Long Island, New York. He’s shared the stage with Steve Gadd, Terry Bozzio, B.B. King, Thomas Lang.

quest love

Questlove and Stuart at NAMM 2016

Grammy Award-winning drummer with The Roots, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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“Drum tuning is the process in which you apply or remove tension on the tension rods or rope around a drumhead until you reach the correct frequency or note. A drummer may use a variety of methods to achieve this process; while keeping in mind the style of music, the drums conformation, the composition of the drumhead, the type of tools use to hit the drum any muffling material that may alter its sound and the range the drumhead and drum were manufactured to be.”

Thank you very much Wikipedia.

Why tune your drums? Simple. There’s little worse for a drummer (and a band) when an otherwise great gig or recording is ruined by a poorly set up drum kit.

Most drummers have experienced trouble in getting the right sound from a kit. All the different elements in a kit (heads, snare wires, cymbals and mics, etc) creates a reaction somewhere else. All drummers will have battled at some time or another with excessive ring, overtones, snare buzz and sympathetic resonance, etc. especially when recording these problems can prove extremely frustrating. You’re going to hear every little mistake again and again and again.

Start by choosing the right drum heads. Heads come in a variety and some are better for live gigs and others for recording. Know what you’re going to do and make wise choices. The pitch, tone and projection are personal tastes when it comes to your kit.

Be sure the head is seated correctly. Next, finger-tighten the head and ensure it’s even. Consider Tune Bot Drum Tunerusing a Tune Bot Drum Tuner. Every guitar player has an electronic tuner for speed and accuracy in tuning. Tuning a drum is much more time consuming and difficult than a guitar. Yet, until now there was no such thing as a real “drum tuner”. After years of research and development, Overtone Labs has finally created a fast, accurate, and effective drum tuner. This new invention is about to change the way you tune your drums, and more importantly, change the way your drums sound.

The Tune Bot Is Useful for:

• Lug pitch matching

• Measuring and adjusting overall tone

• Interval tuning of Toms

• Returning to your drums’ optimal sound every time

Tune Bot Features:

• Lug pitch measurement

• Overall pitch measurement

• Frequency and note modes

• Overtone filters

• Difference mode 80+

• Save Slots

• Easy to read display with backlight

• Drum hoop clip

• Drum tuning charts and pitch recommendations

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