A simple triplet orchestration exercise where the voicing changes on every beat.
This lessons follows on from our Single Stroke Triplet Sticking lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson.
As with all rudiment exercises, orchestrating is an important step. In the exercises presented on this page you will learn six orchestrations for the single stroke triplet that all involve moving in groups of three. This means two things. First of all, every time a number is counted the voicing of the rudiment changes. Secondly, on every even numbered count the leading hand changes, which is a key feature of eighth note triplets. Because of the change in leading hand, some patterns will involve 'crossing arms'. This is normally something I would encourage you to avoid at all costs but I will show them here partly because they can provide a useful challenge to your playing and partly to show why the movement should be avoided.
Feet have been included in all exercises but only as quarter notes. For this orchestration concept it is acceptable to use the same drum twice within a bar as long as two groups of three aren't played on the same drum in a row. For example '3x Snare, 3x High Tom, 3x Mid Tom, 3x Snare' is acceptable but '3x Snare, 3x Snare, 3x High Tom, 3x Mid Tom' is not.
- Using the 2 Minute Rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of 140bpm.
- Create your own orchestrations using this concept.
- Experiment with various different feet patterns in all exercises.