"Developing technique by working on the rudiments is a proven method."

Pillar #1 – Technique: Perfecting Technique for Outstanding Drumming Performance

According to Miriam Webster, “technique” is:

• The manner in which technical details are treated (as by a writer) or basic physical movements are used (as by a dancer). Also: the ability to treat such details or use such movements

• A body of technical methods (as in a craft or in scientific research)

• A method of accomplishing a desired aim. At its core, in drumming, technique is the physical skill with which you move your limbs to create sounds on the drums.

Technique for the drum set applies to both hands and feet. Learning and practicing drum rudiments is one of the most common ways that drummers work on hand technique. And with good reason: developing technique by working on the rudiments is a proven method. It’s worked for me and for thousands of other drummers. However, it is important to keep in mind that these patterns won’t help your technique if the underlying movements are incorrect. And yes, I know I’ve mentioned this several times already, but it’s critical.


Seeking out good movement models and mindfully watching your own hand and foot movements as you practice underpins developing great technique.

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