Rudiment Workout: 12-10-2018 (Standard Triplet To Reverse Triplet Over 2 Bars)

A four step rudiment challenge based on two bars of swiss army triplet in 4/4.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves switching from a standard triplet to a reverse triplet over two bars with feet, accents and orchestrations add. 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 11.3MB.

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

Two bars of eighth note triplet with the first played as Standard Triplet and the second as Reverse Triplet. The two bars are very similar in sticking so focus on making sure the two bars are played correctly. Once you are comfortable with the sticking, spend some time pushing the tempo whilst ensuing you are playing with good technique.

A two bar eighth note triplet exercise

Step 2

In the first bar accents are placed on the 1, 2 and 4 counts, which are all played with right hands. In the second the left hands after counts 1, 2 and 3 are accented. More importantly, all standard notes are now played as ghost notes so there should be a drastic difference in dynamic level.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot maintains a quarter note count through both bars. The right plays a swung feel rhythm in between the accented notes. Focus on the placement of kicks making sure they fall in line with the hand they should.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The accented notes are moved around the toms clockwise in both bars. The second bar becomes more difficult are the floor tom around count 3 involves crossing the left hand over the right. What you need to watch out for is knocking your arms together.


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.