By Tiger Bill Meligari
Here are two exercises that are among my favorite accented triplet patterns. In the first, the accents themselves form the basic jazz ride cymbal time pattern while the eighth-note fill-ins add a sense of forward movement. And although the second drill contains fewer accents than the first, you’ll find it harder to play up to speed due to the position of the accents.
Practice these exercises for speed on a single pad or drum. Start slowly and gradually increase your speed each day while attempting to keep your arms, hands, wrists, and fingers as loose and relaxed as possible.
Reverse Hands For Additional Practice
Once you can perform the written exercises cleanly and up to speed, try practicing them with the sticking reversed.
If you have questions, leave a comment for me below.
Next time we’ll apply these exercises to the entire drum set and you’ll see how useful they can be when applied to jazz and other styles of music.
Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!