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Tuplet Transitions

Updated: Jul 4, 2018

This lesson is designed to get you comfortable with switching between types of tuplets in various ways. It features the "Quintuplet to Sextuplet #1" from the Tuplet Transition Rhythm Pack.

Having this ability can create both tension and release, but also excitement in music.

From a drumming perspective, these exercise can help your timing, hand-to-hand sticking, and a myriad of other aspects.

We are going to combine sixteenth notes, quintuplets, and sextuplets for all exercises. Notice the feeling of acceleration that is achieved.


1. In this first interpretation, we are going to use single strokes for this, notice how the sticking reverse every bar.

2. We are going to use the same grouping as above but now we will be using a double stroke sticking. Notice how the hands land in the Quintuplet and Sextuplet portions.

3. Now we are going to work with mixed stickings. The Sixteenths are paradiddles, the Quintuplet could be thought of as a reverse 5-stroke roll, and the Sextuplet is a paradiddle-diddle. Notice how the hands flip on beat 4.

4. Staying with the mixed sticking them, this time we will use inverted paradiddles for the Sixteenths, a fairly common Quintuplet sticking, and finally a Six Stroke Roll for the Sextuplet.

5. This example is a great hand workout. It will show if there is any rust in the machine, specially at faster tempos.

Examples 6-8 use accents(these are not in the chain, but are a very musical and real world application of these exercises)


6. This example is exactly like Example 3, but with the addition of accents on all the single notes. This makes for a great fill. Try playing the accents on the toms and the doubles on the snare.

7. This is like Example 4, but once again just with accents on the singles.

8. In this final example we use the same structure as Example 3, but instead of a paradiddle- diddle on beat 4, we use a double paradiddle.


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