Lesson 25 - Drum Rudiment

The lesson 25 was one of the patterns chosen to take part in the 26 American Drum Rudiments by members of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) in 1936. The 26 drum rudiments where put together with the objective of establishing a set of drum rudiments - each of which with a particular accent or dynamic interpretation - within which contest snare drumming could be properly evaluated all over the United States. The drum rudiments, from which the 26 drum rudiments were chosen, were taken from the six most important method books published throughout the 19th century and early 20th century.

One of those books was Gardiner A. Strube's "Drum and Fife Instructor" (1869). The book contained twenty-five lessons - each of which featured a given drum rudiment. The drum rudiment on lesson 25 was chosen as one of the 26 drum rudiments. Since it lacked an official name, N.A.R.D. decided to name it lesson 25. In 1984, the 26 drum rudiments were joined by 14 other drum rudiments, giving birth to the 40 International Drum Rudiments.

Lesson 25

The lesson 25 is basically a three-note alternating 16th note single stroke roll that's dragged on the first note. Be sure to learn how to play the drag ruff and the single stroke roll before going any further with this free drum lesson. The lesson 25 does not alternate within itself. So practice the lesson 25 leading with both hands.

Work on playing evenly spaced 16th notes and consistent sounding drags. Once you're able to perform the lesson 25 with clean sounding and controlled strokes on a single surface, move on to the next section and learn how to apply the lesson 25 to drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. There's a lesson 25 for each count. Lead the first two counts with the stronger hand and the last two counts with the weaker hand. This is something you'll have to do if you want to play this drum beat in the most comfortable way possible and without the need to cross your arms.

Lesson 25 #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. There's a lesson 25 for each count. This time around they are played with the same hand leading since the drag ruffs stay on the hi-hat for the whole pattern. Playing accurately and evenly spaced 8th notes on the bass drum can be ensured by inserting each stroke one-by-one. Add more 8th notes in, once you feel comfortable playing the ones you've already added beforehand. It's hard to work on limb independence. Just keep at it and with time it will become a lot easier.

Lesson 25 #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. Practicing this drum fill at slow tempos will enable you to avoid 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 a 16th note drum fill. The leading hand alternates every other 2 counts. On counts 1 and 2 the stronger hand plays the floor tom and the weaker hand the snare drum. On counts 3 and 4 the stronger hand plays the hi-tom and the weaker hand the mid-tom and the snare drum.

Lesson 25 #4

Once you're able to play the lesson 25 and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the 40 drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the single dragadiddle next.