Sticking For The Standard Triplet

Sticking for this rudiment that uses a double stroke in an eighth note triplet to keep the leading hand playing on each quarter note.

The standard triplet is an alternative to a Single Stroke Sticking when playing triples. In this rudiment you will be using Eighth Note Triplets and playing them as a single stroke followed by a double stroke. This new sticking eliminates the single stroke triplet feature of the hand playing on the quarter note counts switching on each beat. It is an incredibly useful rudiment to learn as it has many practical applications in both groove and fill construction.

The rudiment is shown below as quarter note and eighth note triplets, each with standard and reversed sticking shown underneath. It is worth making an effort to learn both versions of of the sticking. Remember to use a metronome wherever possible and start slow. Tempo should be built up when you have the timing and sticking sorted.


Exercise 1

The standard triplet as quarter note triplets in standard sticking.

A standard triplet in standard sticking.


Exercise 2

The standard triplet as quarter note triplets in reversed sticking.

A standard triplet in reverse sticking.


Exercise 3

The standard triplet as eighth note triplets in standard sticking.

A standard triplet in standard sticking.


Exercise 4

The standard triplet as eighth note triplets in reversed sticking.

A standard triplet in reverse sticking.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all 6 exercises up to a tempo of 135bpm.