A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar reverse triplet in 4/4.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a reverse 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.
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.
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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.
A two bar Reverse Triplet. 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. Remember, all strokes should be played at the same dynamic level over these two bars.
There is no real logic behind the Accent placement here, I just thought it sounded good. Watch out for that run of three accents in the first bar, the left hand accent should be as loud as the two rights.
A Swung Eighth Note style pattern is played on the feet but in the reverse of what you might normally expect. This reverse movement can be a real challenge, particularly when combined with accents. I recommend starting this pattern slowly and making sure your note placement is accurate before pushing the tempo.
Left hand accents are orchestrated on the high tom with lefts on floor tom, meaning there are no uncomfortable cross overs. I have included some Ghost Notes here also to add some dynamic variety.
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.