How to improve triplet rolls/diddles (traditional grip)

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How to improve triplet rolls/diddles (traditional grip)

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:31 pm



So I've been learning trad for a while now, but one area that is still really weak is triplet rolls, especially in my left hand. My left hand diddles always seem very weak and flimsy, and never very powerful, and the stick is always flopping around and flying out of my hand. Any ideas on how to improve this? Thanks!


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Re: How to improve triplet rolls/diddles (traditional grip)

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:35 am



First off, it can help to practice in front of a mirror. This will allow you to watch your stick heights and technique differences between your hands and help you to adjust accordingly. As far as exercises, it would be most appropriate to use a 2-2-4 grid here - two beats of triplets, two beats of triplet rolls, two beats of triplets, two beats of triplet rolls, four beats of triplets, four beats of triplet rolls, and repeat

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Re: How to improve triplet rolls/diddles (traditional grip)

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:36 pm



Fast rolls are one of the few instances where you want to use arm to play. HOWEVER I should clarify: don't play high, or overexaggerate, or lose technique. The way I've always explained rolling is like this: when you play fast rolls, you use your arms to push (I've also heard people say pump) up and down. Then, the tightness of your fingers determines how tight your diddle is. Tighter fingers=tighter diddles. The trick is finding where the arm speed and tightness balance. As for the flimsiness, much like everything else, the more fingers you can keep on the stick, the beefier your sound is going to be (and, the more control you'll have, so no more flying sticks!). If you use the arm to push you should be able to leave your thumb, index, and middle fingers in place. Happy drumming!
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