Rude drum training

Posted by . on Thursday, March 10, 2011
In the eternal quest for world domination and software monopoly, following the instant success of GoodVibrations, Skrivarna Software proudly presents the Rude drum rudiments trainer.
Well, to be honest, this app is rude in more than the obvious, the-name-sounds-like-rudiment way. This is beta software, and I need your help with testing it. I will state it again and again, this is a beta version.

However, what it does is this:
  • Show notation of all 40 official rudiments, with name and number according to PAS.
  • Visually indicate where you are in the pattern, synchronized with the built-in metronome.
  • Allow tempo adjustments between 20 and 240 BPM.
  • Navigate quickly and intuitively between rudiments and tempos, with support for most input methods (including media buttons and screen swipes).
  • Link to textual descriptions and instructional videos showing all the patterns individually, on pad and examples applied to drum set. The videos and examples are published at
What it doesn't do:
  • It does not attempt to play the rudiments with the built-in midi sounds. No offense, but in this case your phone sucks. Rather than trying to program a midi sequence to faithfully reproduce a buzz roll or flam, the app opens videos of professional performances with a single click.
  • Everything might not work correctly on all platforms. It is a beta. Maybe I said that already?
You'll find the app on the Android market.

Note that this is a beta version (I did point that out, didn't I?), released in public to get some feedback and help with testing. I have only a few real phones to test on, so I would really appreciate comments on how this small app behaves, looks and performs on different Android versions and hardware models. If you mail me at software (at) I can get back with updated versions or questions and answers if needed.

Of course, any suggestions on additional features, improvements and corrections of the actual contents are very welcome. Use the software (at) mail for this as well. I have tried to proofread the rudiments against the sources available to me, but I have most probably made a a lot of mistakes. Please help me to correct them. This is also true for the examples at, please send me a mail with any comments.

And yes, I am aware that some of the rudiments, official or not, have different possible interpretations in how they are played and notated. In most cases I have used the most common form (as far as I understand), but there is also a trade-off in making the notation viewable on a small screen and making the underlying code somewhat maintainable. If you have a strong opinion on this and think I have made the wrong choice, don't hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to be as correct as possible.
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