Triplets are a large part of my rhythm vocabulary. There are many ways to perform triplets around the drum kit. 8th and 16th note triplets are first demonstrated on the kick drum. I prefer to begin on my left foot although my drum kit is set up right handed. For me, this feels more even than beginning with my right foot. This may or may not work for you. It does not matter which foot you start on as long as you are doing opposite footing per note. I suggest practicing the single footing method because in the future this will make complex chants easier to perform. The second example is a triplet phrase played on the toms emphasized by the kick and pedaled hi hat. Although the figure itself is simple in theory, the second beat of the kit triplet can be either the rack or floor tom. Both kit triplets are demonstrated along with accents used to create multiple dynamic effects out of the same figure. This kit triplet can also move to the crash cymbals and snare drum.
In this lesson, I demonstrate what I call “two hand doubles and one kick double.” That means each hand does one double once and then the kick does a double once. This is literal. For example, beginning with the right hand you get RRLLKK. Beginning with the left hand you get LLRRKK. It’s very simply in concept. It’s a great exercise to play around the kit moving from drum to drum even cymbals and hats. You can simply start on any drum and the kick. Or just snare and kick. It really doesn’t matter what time signature you play this exercise in as it will fit any.
Doubles are a major part of my repertoire. I warm up with doubles at every gig for a few minutes to loosen up. I demonstrate “Doubles 2” with the click at 104 bpm as a moderate general tempo to work up to. To visibly simplify this, I wrote the chart using quarter and eighth notes so you can see that each note is separate and nothing lands together. This chant comes from my experimenting with “ghost” notes. Like I said earlier, I warm up with doubles at every gig and this chant is one of my main warm ups.
Developing clean even doubles are demonstrated at slow, moderate and fast tempos. This is played in duple and triple feel. This allows you to look at doubles from two perspectives. It also gives you greater control and leverage commanding everything in duple and triple feel. I begin with a warm up I typically use that employs doubles. This helps loosen the wrists before performing which also gives me greater control and longevity in the long run. I recently attached the PDF file “Doubles 2” to this lesson months after the original post because I repeated this lesson again in Doubles 2. Basically Doubles 1 and Doubles 2 are the same lesson but from different perspectives and approaches.