Decorating Four 16th Notes With An Extra 32nd On The First And Last Count

In this lesson you will be decorating a four sixteenth note block with 32nd notes. The way you will be doing this is by doubling up both the first and last notes of the block, giving you two quick notes, two slow notes then two more quicker notes. This common movement is really useful in fill construction but is also a good way of working on hand speed and stamina.

There are multiple stickings you can use for this part and I will explore these below but let's start off with the base five note rhythm though. This is shown below as sixteenth notes first as this notation should be far more familiar to you.

The base rhythm for this part.

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with this simple movement and have a play around with some different sticking ideas.

Sticking 1

In this first version you play alternating single strokes through the full bar.

A sticking concept for this movement

Sticking 2

This time double strokes are used for all thirty second notes.

A sticking concept for this movement

Sticking 3

This movement is a little more unsual. Double strokes are used but are staggered over the transition between the two different note values.

A sticking concept for this movement


  • Using the 2 minute rule, aim to get the exercises up to a tempo of around 130bpm.
  • Work out which sticking is most comfortably for you.
  • Construct fills using this rhythmic concept.


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