Rudiment Workout: 09-07-2021 (Swiss Army Triplet)

Swiss army triplets accenting rights or lefts.

In this lesson you will be learning a swiss army triplet exercise where either right or left hands are accented. There are four steps in building up to the full part, these are presented individually with a quick note about what is happening before the whole part is put together. The intention is for you to use the given parts first as written then to develop them into your own versions of the exercise.

Using this exercise you can develop hand stamina through all steps, multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with orchestration and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. To further help with the speed side of the part, follow our 'Two Minute Rule' practice technique.

When learning the parts, take your time and ensure note placement, technique and timing are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. After the full exercise you will find a list of suggested tempos. A metronome should be be used as much as possible when playing these parts.

A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

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When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.


Step 1

We'll start off recapping on the Sticking for the rudiment. Take this time to develop your technique and note placement.

The part slowed down.


Step 2

Accent the first two right hands then the two lefts that end of count 3. In both cases only accent the named hand, the hand that plays in unison with it should not be accented.

Full speed.


Step 3

Play quarter note triplets on the bass drum, make sure these line up with the appropriate hand.

Accenting.


Step 4

All standard strokes remain on the snare whilst accents move to the toms.

Orchestrating.


Full Exercise

To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.