In this series of video lessons, Vic Firth artists and educators cover a portion of the vast library of Hybrid Rudiments — broken down, explained, and demonstrated by some of the world’s premier percussion instructors and performers!
MORE ABOUT THE HYBRID RUDIMENTS:
WHAT IS A HYBRID RUDIMENT?
“Hybrid Rudiments” are loosely defined as two or more rudiments combined to produce a new rudiment or rudimental pattern (i.e. “Flam” + “Drag” = “Flam Drag”), though this isn’t always the case. Because there are an infinite number of ways to produce new patterns and add variations to those patterns, there is no end to the number of ways that hybrids are created.
WILL THIS BE AN “OFFICIAL LIST” OF HYBRID RUDIMENTS?
Hybrids are continually being created, and we believe that there will never be a definitive list of every possible hybrid rudiment. Our plan is to demonstrate some of the most common hybrids, and open the floor to new and interesting rudimental patterns.
WHY ARE HYBRID RUDIMENTS IMPORTANT?
We believe that rudiments have always been a reflection of the “vocabulary” that drummers need to know to play contemporary music. The rudiments themselves have evolved with playing and writing styles. The current Hybrids simply reflect the vocabulary necessary for today’s rudimental musicians.
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS
You should have built a solid foundation of technique and knowledge of the Essential Rudiments before jumping into the Hybrid Rudiments. After all, it doesn’t make much sense to work on the Flam Drag before you can play a Flam OR a Drag! Beginners might be better served by starting with the Fresh Approach Lesson Series and the Essential Rudiments before working on the Hybrids.
NAMING THE HYBRIDS
We will attempt to include the most common names for the Hybrids, but because drummers around the world are continually creating new combinations and naming them, there will never be total agreement on the names and playing styles for each Hybrid. That’ll be part of the fun, so let’s not take ourselves too seriously!