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Triplet Concept Lesson

Dave Weckl re-popularized this triplet concept in the ’90s and took it to a new level with his flawless execution and brilliant use of dynamics. Drummers shouldn’t underestimate the importance of this lesson as it will lead to greater independence and freedom on the drumset.

R = Right Hand
L = Left Hand
F = Right Foot

1. a. RLF, b. LRF

2. a. FRL, b. FLR

3. a. RFL, b. LFR

4. a. RRF, b. LLF

5. a. FRR, b. FLL

6. a. FFR, b. FFL

Practice ideas:

  • Work them individually. Gradually and cleanly work up to speed.
  • Mix them up. Use your imagination! Start by playing A and B back to back.
  • Move these around to all drums and cymbals – left to right, etc.
  • Practice “continuous flow”. Keep triplets going the whole time even while pausing between exercises.
  • Incorporate dynamics.
  • Try all examples with left foot on high hat or left bass drum pedal.
  • Mix doubles with singles, odd groupings, etc.
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