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Introduction

DR. WOOTON'S FOUR TIER RUDIMENTAL LEARNING SEQUENCE

 

In order to facilitate learning the rudiments in a systematic way, Dr. Wooton suggests that you approach them in this sequence (rather than how they are listed on various rudiment charts or posters). This “tier system” approaches the most fundamental rudiments first, providing you with a base on which to build. Each successive tier adds on the basic skills learned in the previous tier.

 

 

TIER ONE TIER TWO TIER THREE TIER FOUR
Single Stroke Roll Single Stroke 4 13 Stroke Roll Triple Stroke Roll
Multiple Bounce Roll Single Stroke 7 15 Stroke Roll Flam Paradiddle
Double Stroke Roll Double Paradiddle 17 Stroke Roll Pataflafla
Single Paradiddle Triple Paradiddle 6 Stroke Roll Double Drag Tap
Flam Paradiddle-diddle 10 Stroke Roll Flam Paradiddle-diddle
Drag 5 Stroke Roll 11 Stroke Roll Single Ratamacue
  9 Stroke Roll Single Dragadiddle Double Ratamacue
  7 Stroke Roll Drag Paradiddle #1 Triple Ratamacue
  Flam Tap Drag Paradiddle #2 Inverted Flam Tap
  Flam Accent Flammed Mill Flam Drag
  Lesson 25 Swiss Army Triplet  
  Single Drag Tap Flamacue  

HOW TO LEARN AND PRACTICE YOUR RUDIMENTS

 

THE GRIP AND FOUR BASIC STROKES

 

 


ABOUT DR. JOHN WOOTON

Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is well versed in many percussion instruments but has specialized in rudimental snare drum, drum set, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Dr. Wooton directs the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, Graduate Percussion Ensemble and the Samba Band. He also performs regularly on steel pans as a soloist or with his band, KAISO!, and plays vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet.

The Drummer’s Rudimental Reference Book

This book is packed full of lessons and exercises. Neatly organized into 41 different sections, this book covers rudiments, one-handed exercises, stick control, timing, relaxation, odd-groupings, back sticking, & tenor drumming. A must for the private instructor and band director!

Dr. Throwdown’s Rudimental Remedies

A fantastic compilation of rudimental exercises written and collected throughout the years by Dr. John Wooton. Included is an accompanying DVD of Dr. Wooton performing many of the exercises and etudes. An enormous amount of downloadable play-along tracks are included on the DVD as well as insightful philosophies from Dr. Throwdown, himself!

You can find out more information on Dr. Wooton’s books on his Web site: