Rudiment Workout: 22-03-2019 (1 Bar Standard To Reverse Triplet)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a bar of eighth note triplet switching between different stickings.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves moving between different triplet stickings with feet, accents and orchestrations added. The purpose of this is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over, accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit and your focus and concentration will be tested with the switch in sticking.

Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.

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.

NOTE: this download is 8.2MB.

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

You'll start out by playing a bar of eight note triplets, the first half of which is played as Standard Triplet and the second as Reverse Triplet. Focus here on getting familiar with the sticking whilst keep all notes at an even dynamic level. Watch out for that run of double stroke in the middle of the bar.

A one bar triplet based exercise.

Step 2

Accents are placed on all single strokes. In the first half of the bar these will all fall on right hands and in the second all on lefts. As with the previous step focus on the dynamic level, particularly of those accented notes. Note that the last accent of the bar leads directly into the first accent of the bar, giving you two loud notes in a row.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Kicks are placed around the accented notes. The first half of the bar can be tricky with the kick falling on the second note of the double, spend time making sure this note placement is accurate. The left also maintains a quarter note count on the hi hat pedal.

Adding feet,

Step 4

A simple orchestration is applied where the accented notes are moved around toms and the snare.


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.