Mastering the Triplet (part 2) – with video

Here’s another Mastering the Triplet video lesson. This time we’re  using Ted Reed’s Syncopation as material to develop our triplet vocabulary. By dividing up the accents into long notes & short notes (explained below) we can open up a whole host of interesting rhythmic and orchestral possibilities. Below are the first 4 lines of page 38 of Syncopation (if you feel this exercise is useful in any way, please go out and buy the book).


Mastering the Triplet Part 2 - Full Score

  • Firstly, reading syncopation as swung, we can play rolling hand-to-hand triplets with the syncopation phrase as accents. (0:47 in the video)
  • We want to divide the syncopation phrases into ‘long‘ notes and ‘short‘ notes. Long notes are quarter notes or longer (including ties across the bar). Short notes are all of the eight note accents. (1:13 in the video)
  •  To orchestrate the phrase we move the right hand long notes onto the ride (with an added kick drum underneath). Keep all of the other notes on the snare (2:15 in the video).
  • Now ‘trade 4′s’ with yourself. Play 4 bars of time, followed by 4 bars of rolling triplets with this new orchestration. 
  • Try your own orchestrations using this method including moving the same right hand long notes accents to the toms.



I’ve had a request in the comments from Ron Chords to write out the beginning of the phrase, so here are the first four bars from page 38 as rolling triplets (from 1:01 in the video).
Triplets - Full Score



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5 Responses to Mastering the Triplet (part 2) – with video

  1. Ron Chords

    Would you be so kind as to fully write out the first bar please. thank you.

  2. Ron Chords

    Perfect Sam. Thank you.
    Wasn’t sure where the second accent in the 1st bar fell.
    Thought it fell on the 2nd beat.
    Makes sense now falling on the 3rd partial of the 1st triplet.

    When you demo something slow over one bar, it would be a great help if you repeat x 4 times instead of once in order to help us “playalong”

    Keep up the good work. It is much appreciated.

    • Ok i’ll keep that in mind, thanks. I’m always trying to keep my videos as short as possible but I appreciate there are some things that need time to be communicated

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