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Swiss Triplet Beats

Mike Cosgrove
Originally published in DRUM! Magazine’s August 2006 Issue

Get your sticks in fighting shape because we’re gonna’ shred on the Swiss Army triplet again. This month, we'll work on accenting different parts of the pattern. Swiss Army triplets are typically played as triplets with flams, but when you put them over straight sixteenth-notes and “flatten” out the flam, you get cool layered rhythms. For each of the exercises (Exs. 1–8), be sure to focus on the different accents! Once you become comfortable with the patterns, try moving your right hand to the ride and keeping time with your left foot. Also try playing the accents on toms, cymbals, or a cowbell. Have fun!

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