Zildjian Workout with Bret Kuhn, Level 1: The Fundamentals

In this ZILDJIAN WORKOUT episode, Bret Kuhn covers the fundamental techniques that make up the foundation to all drumming!  In the 40 Essential Rudiments, you have 4 basic families: Rolls, Diddles, Flams & Drags – plus the 4 fundamental “sounds”: Single Taps, Doubles, Multiple Bounces and Flams. The exercises you’ll play in this workout include the techniques to master ALL of those skills, so grab your sticks and get ready for a workout!

Grab your sticks and get ready for a workout!


BRET KUHN served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He was the Battery Arranger with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2016. Bret has been on staff with the Cavaliers as an Ensemble Specialist since 2018.

Bret is adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University and Prospect High School.
Bret is very active as an arranger for various high school’s and universities through out the US and Japan. He also arranges for The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drum line from Nagoya, Japan. They were Bronze medalists at WGI in 2006 and 2008.

He travels extensively, performing and presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion.

Bret has judged Effect Music for WGI since 2013 as well as many other indoor percussion circuits across the country.

Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP.

For more online resources from Bret, please visit his continually growing library of videos and classes for students and directors covering beginning percussion, marching percussion, drumset, and more!

Now available on Ensemble Block at https://bretkuhn.ensembleblock.com/.


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