A four step rudiment challenge based on a very quick double stroke movement played over triplets.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a double 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. The final part will be very quick as sixteenth note triplets are used.
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 Double Stroke Triplet played as sixteenth notes. Your focus here should be on keeping good technique and stick height whilst building up to a decent tempo.
In the first half of the bar accent all right hands then in the second half switch this to left hands. When the pattern is repeated you will get four accented notes in a row. Your focus here should be on the difference in stick heights whilst increasing tempo.
Play bass drums as quarter note triplets. In the first half of the bar these fall in line with the first right hand in the doubles but in the second bar they fall on the gaps between the accents. Make sure these bass drums fall exactly under the hand they should.
Right hand accents are moved around the toms clockwise starting at the high tom. The left hands then move back around anti clockwise ending on a snare. The movement is similar to the Each Hand On A Different Drum orchestration concept.
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.