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5 Hybrid Rudiments That Every Drummer Should Know

Juan Mendoza  /  UPDATED Nov 14, 2023

These hybrid patterns may not be on the list of 40 standard rudiments, but you should still add them to your repertoire! Juan Carlito Mendoza shares his favorites:

1. Herta

The herta alternates RLR L RLR L and sounds best when you accent the standalone lefts.

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2. Blushda

The blushda starts with a left handed flam, followed by two 16th notes on the right, and topped off with an accented left.

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3. Choo choo

When you get this one up to speed, it sounds like a train! All you have to do is play a paradiddle (RLRR) and put a flam on the third 16th note.

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4. Flam grandpa

Arguably one of the best-named rudiments of all time, this is a 5 note pattern (RLRRL) that starts with a flam.

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5. The stutter

It’s simple sticking, but sounds awesome when sped up. The pattern is RLR LRL with an accent on every left hand.

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We’ve put together a playlist with drumless tracks at different tempos so you can practice these hybrid rudiments over real music:

Juan Mendoza is a classically trained musician with a BA and an MA in Music Education who has studied with Pat Petrillo, Nicholas Cerrato, Greg Giannascoli, and Brazilian master Guilherme Franco. In 2002, he won the Drum Corps Association Championship with the Syracuse Brigadiers and the Drum Corps Association Snare Drum Championship. Since then he has traveled the world for numerous clinics, performances and recordings, and won the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off. He released his first educational book in 2017: Rudiment Creativity Vol. 1.

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