Lesson Three – Patterns to Improve Independence

Lesson Notes

We'll be playing triplet patterns in order to develop limb independence. This independence is critically important for learning more complex drum patterns.

Practice slowly, allowing your control to build gradually overtime. Concentrate on keeping an even tempo, even if it is slow at the start.

Ideally, you'll be able to play this pattern fast overtime.

The main point with these exercises is to strengthen our bass drum play and to develop accuracy as drummers.

Exercise One

In exercise one, we'll evenly play 8th note triplets. The right hand will play on the tom tom, the left will follow on the tom tom. The third beat will be played on the bass drum. So the pattern will look like this: R-L-F

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Lesson 3 - Triplets on tom toms and bass drum
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Exercise Two

In the second exercise, we'll play the same pattern, but change the hand that we start with. Since we started with the right hand in exercise one, we'll start with the left in exercise two. The pattern will look like this: L-R-F

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Lesson 3 - Triplets on tom tom and  bass
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Exercise Three

In the third exercise, we'll add these two together to play 6th notes. Alternate the patterns so that you play R-L-F-L-R-F. This one is tricky, so take your time.

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Lesson 3 - 6th notes alternating

Exercise Four

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In the fourth exercise, we'll alternate right and left on the 8th notes while playing the 16ths in between on the bass drum. For an added challenge, we'll alternate the pattern on the toms and the snare. Again, this one can be tricky.

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Lesson 3 - Alternating on toms, snare, and bass
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