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First exercises on the snare drum about Triplets

Download Triplets and Quadruplets pdf  Arrow   The drum sheet of this lesson dedicated to drum rudiments contains a series of exercises about Triplets and Quadruplets, for a better understanding of these fundamental rhythmic division signatures.

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Introduction to the drum lesson: Triplets and Quadruplets

In the natural binary subdivision of time the Triplet is the first exception, three is the smallest odd number by whom we can divide a fraction of time. It's very important, for every musician, to know how to insert Triplets -and other odd time divisions- in a binary rhythmic context, and it's also an essential step to understand the odd time signatures that we'll see in the advanced part of this drums method. Triplets are the first application of the concept of "polyrhythmics".

The exercises alternate eighths and sixteenths to Triplets of eighths and sixteenths, to be played as single strokes. For a better understanding, you should play the groups of two, three and four strokes with a single hand, alternating the left and the right hand, and play the patterns in the drum sheet only with bass drum and hi-hat.

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This drum lesson dedicated to Triplets and Quadruplets is a part of the published basic drum lessons.
The basic drum lessons, the first part of this method for drums, deal with the right posture, which is the basic condition to develop speed, endurance and precision with your playing. The style and the role of drumming have evolved with time, but the basic drums technique hasn't changed much, and all the great drummers still build their own style from the same basis of musical theory.

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