Swiss Army Funk

This month’s lesson makes use of the Swiss Army triplet (sometimes known as just the Swiss triplet). For those of you who haven’t yet mastered the basic rudiment, Exs. 1 and 2 demonstrate the right- and left-hand lead versions. Get them down before moving on to the advanced rhythms in Exs. 3—8, which place the Swiss triplet in a sixteenth-note, drum-set context. Once you’re comfortable, try getting the funk out by playing your own grooves and fills between the hi-hat and snare.

DRUM! Music Editor Wally Schnalle is a drummer, composer, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has performed with Eddie Gale, Ernie Watts, and the San Jose Symphony Orchestra.