Rudiment Workout: 23-07-2021 (Fast Eighth Note Triplets)

A fast four step rudiment challenge based on two bars of eighth note triplet.

In this lesson you will be learning a high tempo exercise played as eighth note triplets over two bars. No specific sticking is given as part of the challenge here is working out what works best for you. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

Using this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on stamina by using the two minute rule, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit.

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. This lesson is considered a sample of our premium download packs and can be downloaded for free on the link below.

NOTE: this download is 9.2MB.

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 out with two bars of eighth note triplets. Use this as an opportunity to recap on triplet stickings you are comfortable with. The most useful will be Singles, Standard and Reverse.

Two bars of eighth note triplet.

Step 2

Accent the 1 and 2 in the first bar and 2 and 3 in the second. Then accent the third strokes of counts 3 and 4 of the first bar. This would be a good time to pick what sticking you might like to use, it doesn't have to be the same through both bars. For example you could play singles and switch to a reverse sticking in the first bar then bar to singles for the second.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot keeps time on the hi hat pedal while the right plays kicks in time with the accents.

Adding feet,

Step 4

Accents that fall on a numbered count are played on cymbals with the two remaining accents being played on toms.


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.