Tom Brechtlein: Bass & Snare Swiss Triplets

Hey folks, sorry I missed you in the last issue. I’ve been busy, you know. Anyway, I’ve been kind of in the woodshed checking out some things here and there, trying to better my playing. While messing around in the garage/drum studio (just kidding!) I came upon some old things I used to play a long time ago in the stone age. One of the concepts was the use of Swiss triplets between the bass drum and snare drum.

Ex. 1 shows the flam between the bass drum and snare drum on the second eighth note of the eighth-note triplet. Ex. 2 has the flam between the bass drum and snare drum on the first eighth note of the eighth-note triplet. Ex. 3 moves these two triplet examples into groups of sixteenth notes. After you’ve got them under your feet and hands, try putting an eighth-note ride pattern over the top. If you want to fiddle around with this a little more, try the flams between the bass drum and the other toms.

Well, there you have it. Check it out, maybe you can find a cool way to use it. Talk to you soon.

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