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Tuplet Transitions 2

This lesson is expanding on the “Tuplet Transitions” lesson from May 30.

In the first lesson we dealt with transitioning between Sixteenth Notes, Quintuplets, and Sextuplets. In this lesson we are going to expand on that and introduce Septuplets.


Please work through the previous lesson as a primer before diving into this one.


These exercises utilize the "Quintuplets to Sextuplets #2" Rhythm Chain and can be found in the “Tuplet Transitions” Rhythm Pack.



1. In this first interpretation, we are going to use single strokes for this, the sticking stays on the leading hand so make sure that you practice leading with both.

2. We are going to use the same grouping as above but now we will be using a double stroke sticking. Notice how the sticking naturally goes between both double strokes and inverted double strokes as they move through the various note groupings

3. Now we are going to work with mixed stickings, the Quintuplets can be thought of as a reverse 5 stroke roll, and the Sextuplets are paradiddle- diddles and the Septuplet is a reverse 7 stroke roll.

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. Finally, we are going to introduce acres to the single strokes in these mixed stickings. These sound great when applied to the drum set.


Accents can be applied to any of the mixed sticking patterns. Experiment and have fun.


As with anything else you practice, remember to go slow and really get the material down before trying to push the tempo.

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