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.
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