Delayed 3 Over 2 Syncopation Exercise Using 16th And 32nd Notes

In this lesson you will be exploring another syncopation idea where a rhythm is constructed by playing a different rhythm with each hand. The idea presented here will be similar to our Full Bar 3 Over 2 Syncopation Exercise on this subject and I recomend you work through this lesson first. The exercise presented on this page takes the previous rhythm and delays it by one sixteenth note.

In this exercise the right hand will continue playing in groups of two and the left will now play a '333332' style rhythm but as mentioned above, that one note later.

This is the rhythm the exercise follows:

The rhythm for the exercise.

Full Exercise

As before, to create the full exercise you will be splitting the rhythm up between two hands. In the extracts shown below I have shown what each hand is playing throughout the exercise, on the left is the left hand and on the right the right hand. Spend some time making sure you can play the two parts independantly then we will move on to combining them.

The two parts of the exercise.

Finally, the full exercise. In this example I have split the two hands between two toms to distinguish more clearly what is doing what. The left hand is on the high tom and the right hand the floor tom. I have also used the two forms of notation discussed in the previous lesson, again to try to show more clearly what is happening. First of all the two parts written in separate voices:

The full exercise.

And then both written in the same voice:

The full exercise.

Spend some working on this pattern, make sure it is rhythmically correct then try to push the tempo upto around 110bpm.

As we discussed in the last lesson, when practicing these try to hear it as two separate parts being combined to create one rhythm rather than just hearing it as one full part. In later exercises you will be orchestrating these patterns to further highlight this idea and if you can get into that mind set it will open up many new doors for melodic playing.


  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 110bpm. Don't be afraid to start slow.
  2. Add feet under each exercise in the same way you would add them to rudiments.
  3. Try moving the hands to different parts of the kit.
  4. Try orchestrating the patterns so each limb moves around the kit.
  5. Switch the hands around so the left plays the groups of two and the right the odd pattern.


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