Switching between two common triplet stickings using sixteenth note triplets.
In this lesson you will be learning a triplet exercise built from sixteenth note triplets that switches between two common triplet stickings. This is a great exercise in building up hand speed and stamina. 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.
As well as hand speed and stamina, using this exercise 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.
The first step is to get familiar with the two stickings. In the example below the first half of the bar is played as Double Strokes and the second switches to Reverse Triplets. Start this out slowly while you get comfortable with the movement then gradually start to build up speed.
During the double strokes, accent the doubles that fall in the quarter notes. Then in the reverse triplets accent the first three strokes then all left hands.
Start by playing a swung sixteenth pattern on the kick followed by straight eighths. The left foot keeps time on the hi hat pedal as eighth notes.
During the doubles, move the accents to toms and keep the standard strokes on snares. For the reverse triplets play the first accents on the hi tom the right plants on the floor tom with accents on the snare.
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.