A four step rudiment challenge based on two bars of reverse army triplet in 4/4.
In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing 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.
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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.
Two bars of Reverse Triplet. This is identical to the free lesson on the site, if you are familiar with the rudiment use this as a recap and maybe spend some time pushing the tempo whilst ensuring you are playing with good technique.
Accents are added in a rhythmic manner, some on lefts and some on rights. Be careful around beat 4 of bar one, the first right hand of the block of three is accented meaning you get a loud right hand followed by a normal right hand. Once you are comfortable with the accent movements focus on getting beat 4 as comfortable and natural sounding as the rest of the pattern.
Two different foot application concepts are added here. In the first bar, straight quarter notes are played on both feet which is pretty standard. In the second bar you keep that quarter note count going with the left foot but the right now plays in line with the accented snares. The accents don't start till fairly late in the bar, so on counts 1 and 2 that two foot quarter note pattern continues.
Again, two different orchestration concepts are applied here. In the first bar the left hand is orchestrated on the high tom and the right on the floor. On that odd accent movement on beat four a stronger accent is played on the snare, this is represented by the '^' symbol. In the second bar a similar idea is applied with cymbals, so the left on a crash cymbal and the right on the ride.
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.