Sticking For The Double Stroke Triplet

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

In this lesson you will be playing an Eighth Note Triplet with a Double Stroke sticking. Whilst you are probably very familiar with these two rudiment ideas individually, combining them has a whole new feel. Triplets are obviously built up of blocks of three notes where as double strokes are based on blocks of two, that means the double stroke sticking won't match up with the triplet as a single stroke would. This mis-match can be seen in the notation below. When applied to part construction this can be used to create some very cool sounding syncopated patterns. Before that though it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the placement of the sticking in this context.

In the examples below you can see the sticking applied to eighth note triplets in standard and reversed sticking. I have also given the same sticking applied to Sextuplets which is really the same idea just played much quicker.


Exercise 1

Eighth note triplets played with a double stroke sticking.

A triplet played with double strokes.


Exercise 2

Exercise 1 with reversed sticking.

A triplet played with double strokes.


Exercise 3

The sticking applied to sixteenth note triplets.

A triplet played with double strokes.


Exercise 4

Exercise 3 with reversed sticking.

A triplet played with double strokes.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get both eighth note exercises up to a tempo of 140bpm.
  2. Using the 2 minute rule, get both sixteenth note exercises up to a tempo of 100bpm.