My recent columns have explored various uses of the triplet figure in jazz drumming. The following exercises will challenge your abilities to play solo, unison, and connected triplet figures while maintaining a steady and swinging ride cymbal pattern. It will be most useful for you to practice these at a wide variety of tempos and dynamic levels. The primary issue in playing these may prove to be your balance, maintaining a sense of being seated well, or centered, on the drum throne. Both pedals: heel up, or heel down? Try all four combinations between the hi-hat and bass drum pedals, again, at varying speeds and dynamics.