Rudiment Workout: 20-04-2018 (Two Bar Eighth Note Single Stroke Triplet)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar eighth note single stroke triplet in 4/4.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to an eighth note single stroke triplet, the purpose of which 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 pushed 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 and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit. This set of exercises is particularly useful for building up your weaker hand due to the alternating nature of the triplet 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 11.1MB.

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

A two bar Eighth Note Single Stroke Triplet. This is hopefully familiar but you should take some time to ensure you are using correct technique, your stick heights match and your left hand is hitting with as much force as the right. Pay particulat attention to the left hand in regards to the alternating hands on the quarter note counts. All strokes on counts 2 and 4 should be as loud as those on 1 and 3.

The single stroke triplet played over two bars.

Step 2

Accents are added mainly on the third note of each triplet grouping. This is a little all over the place sticking wise so start the part slowly and build up tempo. The most important thing here is that those accented notes stand out from the standard notes.

Adding accents.

Step 3

A very rhythmic foot ostinato is added with a few note falling on the middle note of the triplet rather than on the quarter note count. The switch from this odd rhythm to the straight quarter notes adds to the offbeat feel. I've deliberately not lined up feet with accented note here to make the part a little more challenging on co-ordination.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The accented notes are moved around various toms. Again, take your time and make sure note placement is accurate before starting to speed up.


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.