"If you’re looking for a great resource to develop and maintain your beat vocabulary and rudimental proficiency, this is a great place to start." - Modern Drummer

theDrumDictionary is a great tool for drummers, band leaders, producers, or anyone looking to learn more about drums. It includes all 40 standard snare drum rudiments and over 100 full drum set beats in a variety of styles. For each example, there is notation and tempo-adjustable audio. theDrumDictionary also includes a built-in metronome, making it a great all-in-one practice tool.

For Practice:
• Make the most of your practice time with the built-in metronome
• Adjust the tempo of the example audio to help learn those tricky parts or to push your skill to the next level of speed
• Keep track of your time spent practicing each beat or rudiment

• Create a list of your favorite beats in different styles
• Create lists for what you'd like to practice
• Drum instructors, create a separate list for each of your students

theDrumDictionary is also great for non-drummers who are interested in knowing a little about drums: band leaders who want to communicate better with their drummer, musicians who want to program realistic drum parts in their songs, and the list goes on...

Entries include
• All 40 standard snare drum rudiments
• Over 100 drum set beats in a variety of styles: Rock, Jazz, World, Funk and more

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What's New

Version 3.3

• Support for iOS 10
• Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Bad uneven examples


The single stroke roll reminded me of someone starting a car and not getting fuel, it is uneven with extra hit, sort of flam, accents. I didn't take enough time evaluating the free version.

Great app


I rated this app a 5 because not only did the developer contact me in less than 24 hours, but the issue many are requesting- tempo adjustment- is being worked on as we speak & will be out with next update. There are other good apps out there as well, but adding tempo brings this up a level-it ahould be out with next update. As far as crashing, I have not had any problem with this. If you say you do, it must. I have found a reinstall will fix some issues. It also can be an ios issue or a carrier problem, i suggest contacting developer, if it is an issue, he may not be aware, but on my Apple 4s, with ios 6, it runs fine. thank you. This is a great app with a variety of patterns. What is missing, & very important to me, is the ability to increase or decrease tempo when listening to, or learning a rhythm. I am not great at reading & that's why slowing down would be so helpful. Is this possible, otherwise, everyone, it is a great app with many rhythms. Thank You



I'm a middle school band director with a jazz band (occasionally two). My students use two electric kits with headphones to practice on. When they are ready to join the band I let them play the acoustic set.

I've always taught drummers through grooves and fills. This app is awesome for a young player! It has a variety of styles. I just want MORE grooves. There's 2-5 for each style. For example, a young player needs to learn coordination on 8th note rock grooves. There's only 5 grooves for this offered. I would love to see 40+ in additive combinations with syncopated, then dotted quarter. And if you add 1,2, and 3 bar fills I will be VERY grateful :)


Ryan Dillon
34.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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