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Welcome to on-line lessons.

Hey Drummer family, thanks for visiting Triple-T Drumming Online lessons.

All lessons are designed to be fun and enhance your Playing and Technique.

If you are a visitor to the site, feel free to use these lessons within your playing, warm ups, rudimental work etc, if they help then feel free to whack me a mail and I will share with the rest of the Triple-T Drumming Family.

If you are a private student or school student then beware you will be required to learn these for next weeks lesson, (insert evil laugh here)

Hope to here from you soon.

Michael 


 Paradiddle.

How familiar are you with Paradiddle, How well can you play them? If you are a seasoned pro, how have you used the Paradiddle in your playing?

OK lets test this out, Below are 3 steps to improve you Paradiddle, with added arm independence techniques.

Lets start with Step 1

The Paradiddle (Step 1) 

Paradiddle Workout Step 1...

Now that we have mastered that, lets move this up to the High-Hat

Paradiddle Workout Step 2...

So we have moved this up to the High-Hat, lets add the dynamics, Accent on the right and Ghost note the left hand

Paradiddle Workout Step 3...

All you need to do now is start adding feet 

Let us know if these exercises work for you by getting in touch with us and leaving a message 

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Double Paradiddle 

Take a look at the Double Paradiddle PDF, Work this over the 3 bars and add speed when you feel comfortable 

Double Paradiddle Exercise 1

Double Paradiddle takes 12 notes to complete, so have a look at excercise 2 which shows you some examples of how to enhance this rudiment and make it alot more fun and challenging 

Double Paradiddle Exercise 2 (Triplets)

Let me know how you get on and ENJOY


 Triple Paradiddle 

Hey Drummer family 

So, Triple Paradiddle, really cool rudiment, very versatile, and can be used in pretty much any application, using hands, or between the hands and feet.

Check out the PDF and work through, nice and slowly to start with until you are super comfortable with it, then ram that speed up 10 bpm each time. Remember to get that Left foot moving on the quarter notes, its not doing anything so don't make it lazy 

Triple Paradiddle

Remember to let me know how you get on.


 Paradiddle Diddle

Hey Triple-T Drumming Family

So here is the last single rudiment in this series, the Paradiddle diddle

This rudiment consists of 2 single taps followed by two diddles which will make 6 notes, this is normally played in a triplet feel however below I am giving you two different ideas on how to apply this.

The first is in a traditional sense, played in triplets, taken over 1 Bar 

Paradiddle Diddle in Triplets

This next one is Played in 16th note semiquavers which will need to be taken over 3 Bars to complete (by complete I mean to land on your lead hand on the first note of a bar)

Paradiddle Diddle in 16th Notes

Take a look at both exercises, get used to the sticking R-L-R-R-L-L and then advance\apply in your playing, remember that these exercises are just the beginning, use them and apply to your own style and make them awesome

Let me know how you get on, whack me an email by clicking Here..........

See you soon.


 

Hello Triple-T Drumming Family and Visitors 

So we are at the end of our Paradiddle lessons, we have covered all four main paradiddle exercises.

To end this part of our paradiddles may I introduce the Paradiddle Tree, this is a fantastic lesson using all four paradiddle's.

When you play this through concentrate on accents but focus on your unaccented notes, keeping your stick at least 1-2 inches of the snare drum or practice pad.

Paradiddle Tree

Look forward to the next instalments of paradiddle lessons which will focus on the Inverted Paradiddle and its group of friends.

Let me know how you get on.


 Building Hand Speed, A drummers worst nightmare.

What steps do we need to take when building hand speed, well, what I know for sure is hand speed requires practice, practice and more practice, it needs to be built into our rehearsal time, not just done when attempting a fast 16th, or 32nd note fill.

The 3 main things we need are 

  • Control (Both Right and Left hands)
  • Dynamics 
  • Independence 

So part 1 of this is Control and Dynamics, we need to build control in order to speed up.  To get the control we need to add in dynamics.

To do this successfully, start with the Right hand, adding the dynamics at 80 Bpm, DO NOT SPEED UP AT THIS POINT

Next start with the Left hand at the same speed, and get comfortable with this, make it feel natural, don't tense your muscles and if you are, relax them.

Work through all the exercises at 80 Bpm, once your comfortable with the left lead and right lead move your metronome count up and do it again and again.

Take a look at Part 1 and let me know if this is working for you, it sure did with me.

Building Speed Part 1


 Hey Family, how we doing?

So we have looked at building hand speed, lets look at building this speed between hand and foot, now i don't know about you but I Suck at playing single strokes between hands and feet, so i have came up with a real easy, real fun way of getting better at playing singles between hands and feet and speeding this up

Take a look, Now if you are one of my students then make sure you learn this for your next lesson as you will be tested on this.

Start Slow and build up, let me know how you get on.

1-4 Technique 


Time Signature Change

Hi Everyone, so as the title states in this lesson we are going to learn how to change time signature in our playing, we are also going to learn how to apply a linear fill and think about how we can change it to fit and sound amazing.

Time Signature:

Changing time signature in the middle of a groove can be challenging, what the trick to do it successfully, well its simple COUNT COUNT and of course COUNT 

If we are playing 4/4 which means the Top 4 is 4 beats in a bar and the Bottom 4 which means what note value we are playing which in this instance is crotchets (Quarter Notes) then count 1 2 3 4, when we change time and move over to 3/4 which is 3 beats in a bar and the note value of 4 crotchets then we count 1 2 3.

Linear:

What does linear mean in drum kit work well its really simple.

Linear is a style of playing in which no two limbs ever play the same note at the same time. This style of playing is seen across several genres of music including Rock, Funk, Latin, Jazz etc

For my private students we have done many a linear fill but we are going to move this up a notch, i want you to take note of the great Mike Johnston, who in my eye is the master of linear, study some of his work before lesson on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (which ever day you are on) and let me hear some of your Linear Ideas.

Check out the lesson below and let me see you nail it in lesson.

Time Signature Change and Linear

Enjoy


 

 

Triplet independance

This should really be called "The Annoying Triplet independance excersise" 

Hey drummer family, how are you all doing.

Alot has been going on over in HQ so thought i would try and get this lesson online before we start getting vids online

So this excersise is an independance excersise between Right foot and Left hand, while still keeping the right hand working but not taking over.

Take this slow until you can feel it, then go for the speed, but like I keep saying dont go straight to 200BPM, start at 50 move to 55 if you need to.

Enjoy!!!!!! 

Any feedback is welcome so just drop me a line 

Triplet Independance

 


 

Introduction to Quintuplets

Hello drumming family, I hope you are all well, so here it is the introduction to quintuplets.

A quintuplet is a type of tuplet which will replace 4 notes of its kind, so for example, if you are playing 16th Notes (4 notes per quarter note) and you replace these with 16th note quintuplets, you would play 5 notes per quarter note instead of 4.

Take a look at the exercise below and ensure you bring the results into lesson.  If you are not a student of Triple-T Drumming School of Drums then feel free to use this within your practice and let me know how you get on.

Quintuplet introduction 

I hope you enjoy it, speak to you all soon


 

Hi Drummer family.

So the next phase of our whole quintuplet introduction is to give ourselves a little freedom around the kit\pads\cushions, I have created an exercise which should hopefully get you moving around the kit freely, without that urge to stick with what you feel comfortable with.

Remember our comfort zone grows the more we try.

Quintuplet Freedom


 

Hi there Drummers everywhere 

So nothing much to say on this one except, ENSURE YOU WARM UP, ITS IMPORTANT

Dont ruin your career before it starts by hurting yourself.  The below exercise will help with warm ups and will also build hand speed and foot speed.

I will expect (dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN) all my guys to have this down next lesson.

Warm Ups


 

Hello and welcome 

So todays lessons is about adding some variety to the paradiddle but more importantly concentrating on grip technique and full strokes 

When playing these, use the german grip and when accenting ensure you come from the full stroke.

All non accented notes should be drop bounce doubles 

Paradiddle Variations

Let me know how you get on 


 

So lets look at some Triplet theory.

In triplet theory, we are again effectively subdividing the duration of the quarter-note (and other note values), into other numerical groups – this time into groups of 3,6,9 and 12. These groups of notes are called artificial groupings and are part of the tuplet family.

Take a look at the PDF and start to play the first exercise slowly.  count and feel this subdivision.

Next is the triplet subdivision tree, Again play and feel this 

Start at 60bpm and work from there.

Use both German and French grip

Triplet Theory (Subdivisions)

If you have any questions just give me a shout and ENJOY


 

Table of Time

It doesnt matter if you are playing a straight groove or some complex patterns, understanding the table of time is crucial for a drummers musical expression around the drumkit.

The ability to comfortably move in and out of note values is a must.

Study the table of time and go through it, note that the Quintuplets and Septuplets have been added.  Count these as 

  • Quintuplets - Un-i-ver-sity - 5
  • Septuplets - go-to-un-i-ver-sity - 7

For my students we will be focusing our technical development around this next lesson

Table of Time

Enjoy and see you next lesson


 

Bass drum technique

Everyone wants to have a good solid bass drum technique BUT do not know where to start.

We need to have some basic, yet important systems in place to achieve a good speed from our bass drum.  One of the techniques is to drop the weight of our knee.

To do this ensure you are 

  • Not sitting to close to the bass drum and your leg is not tucked under you 
  • ensure that you are sat on the edge of your seat and not restricting the movement of your thigh 
  • Keep your toe intact with the bass pedal 
  • Lift the heel up 
  • drop the weight of the knee so the heel comes in contact with the pedal 
  • relax those toes so the beater rebounds of the skin and does not sit on the skin 
  • Repeat 

This will be explained in a video lesson next week

now once you have this motion we can now utilise these exercises to really get that foot working and remember to do the same with the left foot also.

16th Note Bass Drum Exercises

Enjoy


 How to Build a Purdie Shuffle 

Hello drummer family!

I thought i would add in a really good step by step to how to build a purdie shuffle.

As always, take it slow at first and build speed, once the speed is there start adding in some different bass drum variants 

Purdie Shuffle on YouTube

Purdie Shuffle Written PDF

Enjoy 


Welcome one and all.

So here is your lesson for this week.

This is a challenging excercise yet rewarding in terms of independance.

Playing the parradiddle in 16th notes on your hands, accenting all the quarter notes, your going to play 8th note single strokes on your feet, then move into double strokes and finally move into 8th note paradiddle's on your feet.  All the while keeping that 16th note Paradiddle on the snare.

Make sure that all your notes are bounced on the snare except for that big moeller whip on the quarter notes which will allow the rest of the strokes to bounce.

Hand and Feet independence

Enjoy and ill see you all after my holidays.


Welcome Drummers everywhere

SO here is an extra lesson this week, this lesson covers an excercise which we covered in the drum clinic i hosted at the end of July.

It focusses on the sticking L R L R R counting in Quintuplets

then it moves into a really cool 16th Note Billy Cobham Style fill which challenges the independance of your arms and feet.

 Quintuplets Groove Exercise 

Enjoy, This should keep you going whilst I'm on holiday for Two Weeks :)


 

Hello to all drummers out there 

Here is a really cool excercise to practice you Flams 

Flams (A Diddles)

Enjoy

 


 

Hello everyone

So here are some really awesome Inverted double stroke exercises for you to try.

Remember to observe your sticking shown in the script, Start slow and build up from there.

Tip - Try this in both German and French grips.

Inverted Double Strokes

Enjoy  

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 Hello Drummers 

So here is Six rules to play awesome six stroke rolls 

Six Stroke Rolls 

Tip - Change your lead hands for a thourough practice

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