Sticking For The Reverse Triplet

A triplet sticking that is a double followed by a single, the mirror of the standard triplet.

The reverse triplet is an alternative to Single Strokes or Standard Triplet sticking when playing Triplets

. In this set of rudiment exercises you will be using eighth note triplets but the sticking can be applied to quarter and sixteenth note rhythms just as easily, the point here is to start you off slow and get you comfortable with the way the hands work. Using this rudiment is a great hand co ordination exercise and will give you even more options when using triplets in your playing.

I have shown the rudiment below are both quarter note and eighth note triplets, both with standard and reverse sticking. Make sure you practice these to a metronome, starting slowly and gradually building up tempo. It's worth noting that the sticking is essentially the mirror image of a standard triplet.


Exercise 1

The reverse triplet as quarter note triplets in standard sticking.

A reverse triplet as quarter notes.


Exercise 2

The reversed triplet as quarter note triplets in reverse sticking.

Alternate sticking for a reverse triplet.


Exercise 3

The reverse triplet as eighth note triplets in standard sticking.

A reverse triplet as eighth notes.


Exercise 4

The reversed triplet as eighth note triplets in reverse sticking.

Alternate sticking for a reverse triplet.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get both exercises up to a tempo of 135bpm.
  2. Experiment with adding quarter note feet to the eighth note version of the rudiment.
  3. Orchestrate the rudiment.