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Quintuplets and Sextuplets

Technique by Will Taylor // September 04 2013
Quintuplets and Sextuplets

Hello, Black Page drum magazine readers. I trust you're all well and good. This month we’re looking at a fun little drum lesson using quintuplets and sextuplets. I wrote this exercise as I’ve had some drum students have problems switching between these two groupings when first getting to grips with them. I’ve thrown in some accents to spice it up further! 

The quintuplets have accent on partials 1,3,4. They also have two different accent markings. Accent on partial 1 is twice as loud as the accent on partial 3 or 4. Non-accented partials 2 and 5 should be played as tap strokes (the quietest notes in this quintuplet). The sextuplets are all played as double paradiddles. This will help us switch the sticking around so we’re working on right and left-hand lead. 

The video will give you even further detail with this drum rudiment exercise. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, feel free to get in contact. 


Will Taylor


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Will  Taylor

Will began playing in the Falcons marching band and took a heavy interest in rudimental drumming. This led to seven years of marching snare drum with the Falcons (finally writing for and leading the drumline) and time at the Cadence drum and bugle corps.

He began playing drum kit during this time and took to studying hard with some great teachers (Richard Spooner, Tom Meadows, Neil Martin) and playing for many different artists as well as playing on releases by Gary Go and Incoherence to name a few. Will maintains a busy teaching schedule whilst playing, touring and recording with different artists and bands.

Email Will with any questions at willtaylordrums@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at twitter@willtaylordrums or visit him online at http://www.willtaylor.co.uk/

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