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Drummer Cafe


Serving drummers and percussionists since 1996.

Alan Dawson

I transcribed Alan Dawson's "rudiment ritual" a number of years ago from the manuscript that I received from Alan back in 1981. It's difficult to read Alan's notation, so transcribing the 8 pages will definitely make it easier for everyone. I am only supplying the first 6 pages of the ritual for you here. Once I complete the engraving for the final two pages (hybrid rudiments) I'll make it available here.

For those that may not know, Alan used to play through the entire "ritual" in 20-minutes using brushes on the Snare drum and a Samba ostinato accompaniment between the Kick drum and HiHat.

Be sure to check out my tribute page to Alan Dawson as well as a number of rare masterclass recordings I made from my time with Alan back in 1981.


Bart Elliott Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician and founder of the Drummer Cafe. His 35+ years in the music industry, over 100 albums to his credit, as well as his understanding of contemporary and classical music, makes him a complete and skilled master musician. A highly sought after drummer and percussionist, both live and in the studio, Bart is widely known as a top music educator and gifted teacher, appearing as a guest artist and clinician throughout the USA.