16th Note '233332' Rhythm With Sub Divided 32nds

Doubling the tempo of a level 2 lesson to creating some fast and rhythmically interesting patterns.

In this lesson you will be learning another sub-divided syncopated 16th grouping, this time using the sixteenth note '233332' rhythm as a basis. Many similar patterns have been covered in different forms and links to these have been included at the bottom of the page. For all fills on this page the fist note of each block in the syncopated rhythm will be played on a crash with the notes between being orchestrated on various parts of the kit. As in other sub divided fills, these 'in between' notes are going to be doubled up to 32nd notes.

We'll start with the syncopated rhythm just played on the snare. On the left this is shown with no subdivision then on the right the 32nds are added in.

Syncopated 16th note 233332 fills

The remainder of this page will be common orchestrations of this rhythm so before progressing make sure you can play the part shown above comfortably. In the examples below I have focused on using a cymbal accent for the start of each grouping and working around that. I have avoided more simple ideas such as straight orchestrations. As with all concept lessons, use this as a starting point to create your own patterns.

Start Each Group On A Crash

By placing a crash on all accented notes you will be defining the syncopation very clearly. Experiment with different orchestrations around the cymbals and using ghost notes and accents within the sub divided snares. The crash notation for this fill shows clearly the sixteenth note '233332' rhythm.

Syncopated 16th note 233332 fills

Orchestration the 32nd Notes

This time you will take the crash orchestration given above and move the 32nd notes around various different voices between the accents. You can use different cymbal placements to make the movements easier in some cases.

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Use The 'RLRF' Sticking

This idea was used in a previous level 2 lesson and requires much more co ordination at these tempos. You will still use the crash accents as with the two examples above but this time snares will fall with the crashes and a kick will proceed them. The 32nd strokes can then be orchestrated also.

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  1. Learn all examples up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Use different kick and snare combinations in each example.
  3. Add each example into one of the structures we have covered previously.
  4. Create fills using simple orchestrations around the kit.
  5. Combine the ideas given in this lesson to create further fills.