This exercise consists of 2 parts. In the first part work with the right hand (R) on the cymbal, left hand (L) on the snare (SN), and bass drum (BD). The HiHat is always on quarter notes. In the second part, do the same with reversed hands. Bar 1 – Right hand plays all quarter notes of the triplet on cymbal (Cym). Left hand plays third and first quarter notes of the triplet in the bar on snare (SN). Bass drum plays first, second and second, third quarter notes of the triplet in the bar. HiHat plays all quarter notes. Bar 2 – Left hand plays all quarter notes on cymbal (Cym). Right hand plays third and first quarter notes of the triplet in the bar on snare (SN). Bass plays first, second and second, third quarter notes of the triplet in the bar. HiHat plays all quarter notes.
Here you will find that the simple fact of moving the bass drum and snare from their usual places involves some difficulty in assimilating the pattern and situating it in the bar In these exercises you are starting to use the rhythmic language of the drumkit to build patterns with the different figures of the progressions. I am sure that you will be surprised at times to discover that the multitude of rhythms that you use are the result of these combinations. All the time you dedicate to analysing them is well spent. It is a mistake to think that reading quarter notes and seeing them as “simple figures” means that they are not worth the same degree of attention. You will eventually realise that in some sessions your task may consist merely of playing figures like these.