Bass Drum Co-ordination

(Against the Triplet)

Here are some exercises to help improve bass drum co-ordination while playing triplets. We will layer triplets with the hands over a gradually busier pyramid of patterns with the bass drum. The hi-hat will keep time playing a straight quarter note pulse with the foot.
Play the eighth note triplets with ALTERNATE SINGLE STROKES. If it helps, put a light accent on the first note of each triplet. This will define the pulse against the bass drum part. Note that measure #6 contains the polyrhythm "3 against 2" (between the snare and bass drum). This is quite difficult to play when using hand to hand triplets.

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Next, try the exercise using the same foot patterns, but produce a double stroke roll with the hands using the eighth note triplet "base" or wrist motion. Because the wrist motion is still the same, the physical coordination is the same.

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submitted by Gail H Runge

Last updated June 27, 1998