CRAIG BLUNDELL: Don’t forget the basics
Drum specialist, Craig Blundell, discusses the importance of rudiments…
I hope you all had a fantastic break and you’re ready to hit 2014 hard and continue to grow in your respective fields.
Where has the past year gone? Its just incredible how time flies. This year I’m going to do a few things for myself in drum land. Firstly, I’m going to finish my book, of which I’ve been writing for about four years! Secondly, I want to get my second Dr oKtopUs album out and on the shelves, it’s nearly done but everything else keeps getting in the way!
I’m also going to make more time to practice this year. My first clinic tour of the year is in Malaysia and Singapore in February. I’ve completely changed my clinic set and started again from scratch, which is a little daunting, but I have six weeks to get it right.
I’m always interested in what’s going on in the drum community so make a point of looking at forums, sometimes it be can be a bad idea but for the most part it’s fairly interesting. I was watching a debate on rudiments recently and people arguing about the pros and cons of using them, for the most part the consensus was they were boring! Its not often I’m speechless but some opinions were simply incredible. Rudiments are the basic fundamentals that make a drummer. I practice my rudiments every day as an experienced ** year old.
No matter what you do for a living you should always take time to look at rudiments. I know a lot of people that read this column have toyed or are having a serious think about being a pro. The truth is, If you don’t know the basic rudiments and don’t believe in them, your drumming will hit a wall eventually and it will be a really slog to get over it. There are no shortcuts in the hunt for “getting better” apart from hard work, determination and graft based on a solid practice routine and foundation
So the next time you have five minutes free in a store, get on a kit and use the minutes wisely. Practice doesn’t always make perfect but it’ll help you improve massively if you use everyday rudiments.