Lesson 25

Learn To Play The Lesson 25 Drum Rudiment!

The National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) was created during the 1933 American Legion National Convention in Chicago. At the time, there was no one establishing nationally recognized rules and standards within which contest drumming could take place. Because of that, there were differences in the drum rudiments utilized in rudimental competitions all over the United States, as well as different accent and dynamic interpretations for some of those drum rudiments. The N.A.R.D. had the objective of resolving all of those issues.

In December of 1935, N.A.R.D. sent a bulletin to their members where they requested their opinion on what drum rudiments should be considered the official ones for contest drumming. The bulletin included a list of drum rudiments that could be found on the six most important method books published throughout the previous 125 years. It was through this initiative that the "Standard 26 American Drum Rudiments" were born in February of 1936.

One of the six books was Gardiner A. Strube's "Drum and Fife Instructor" (1869). This book contains twenty-five lessons, each of which teaching the student how to play a given drum rudiment. Except for lesson 25, each sticking pattern/drum rudiment had a name associated with it – lesson 24 was the Dragadiddle #2 for instance. Lesson 25 ended up being chosen as one of the 26 drum rudiments. Since it didn't have a name associated with it, N.A.R.D. decided to give it the name lesson 25.

Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that lesson 25's structure is based on a three-note alternating 16th note single stroke roll. Make sure you learn how to play the drag ruff and the single stroke roll drum rudiments before going any further with this free drum lesson. The lesson 25 does not alternate within itself, so practice it leading with both hands.

Lesson 25

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. A good way to start things off is to play the lesson 25 on the hi-hat for all 4 counts. When that feels solid, move the last stroke on counts 1 and 2 to the snare drum, and the last stroke on counts 3 and 4 to the hi-tom. After that, move the right hand to the ride cymbal, so you can play the bow on counts 3 and 4. Once you can play all of those small steps accurately, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Lesson 25 #1

Exercise #2 is another 16th note drum beat. You can base your approach for playing this drum beat on the tips provided in the previous exercise. As for the bass drum pattern; adding the 8th notes one-by-one will ensure you play the strokes accurately and evenly spaced. Add more 8th notes in when you feel comfortable playing the ones you've already added beforehand. If you're not getting it at first, don't get frustrated. It's hard to work on limb independence. Just keep at it. With time it will become a lot easier.

Lesson 25 #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. Practice this drum fill at a slow tempo so you don't end up clicking the sticks or hitting one hand unintentionally. This is especially true when going from the mid-tom to the hi-tom on counts 1 and 2.

Lesson 25 #3

Exercise #4 is another 16th note drum fill. The grace notes are played on the snare drum with the leading hand alternating every other 2 counts. The stronger hand plays the floor tom and the weaker hand the snare drum on counts 1 and 2. The weaker hand plays the hi-tom on the last two counts, and the stronger hand the mid-tom on count 3 and the snare drum on count 4.

Lesson 25 #4

Once you're able to play the lesson 25 and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by learning how to play new drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lessons on the single dragadiddle and the dragadiddle #1 next.