Making Music with Marshall

Advanced Sticking Patterns

Posted: 25th August 2022

Now that you have explored basic drum rudiments including Single Strokes, Double Strokes, Paradiddles, Double Paradiddles and Flams, it’s time to look at some more complex rudiments.

If you haven’t explored these basic rudiments yet, you can catch up on them by clicking here.

Read time: 7 mins


The paradiddle-diddle consists of a single paradiddle (Example would be RLRRLL) followed by a double stroke (which some call a diddle) 

This rudiment is a natural progression from the paradiddle and flows nicely as you alternate hands. You should master the standard paradiddle before learning the paradiddle-diddle.

Triple Paradiddle

If you’ve already tried the single or double paradiddles from the previous article, you may notice a theme with the triple paradiddle. It consists of 3 sets of singles at the beginning (R,L,R,L,R,L) followed by a double at the end (R,R). This rudiment is then repeated invertedly, starting with the left hand (L,R,L,R,L,R,L,L). As you keep playing and building your confidence, you can look at maybe adding in some accents on the first hit to add a different feel to it.

8th Note Triplets

An 8th note Triplett is a rhythm in which three even notes are played in the time of 1 quarter note. So for every 1 quarter note there is 3 notes in place . 8th note triplets are usually counted in a rhythm which can easily be spoken, for example like, '1 & ah, 2 & ah, 3 & ah, 4 & ah'

You will notice when practicing through the count the lead hand will change on each quarter note, as there is an uneven amount of notes per count.

These are usually found in jazz and Latin music and occasionally in classic rock.


Swiss Army Triplet

Those of you that have read our first rudiments article should know how to do the first part of this rudiment. It starts with a Flam (r,L) followed by 2 single hits (R,L). Unlike other rudiments, the Swiss Army Triplet isn’t meant to alternate and instead just loops with either the right or left hand taking the lead.

Flam Tap

Directly in between a Flam and a Swiss Army Triplet, the Flam Tap basically explains itself. Starting with a Flam at the beginning (r,L) and then followed by a single hit (or tap) afterwards, depending on your leading hand. This rudiment does require you to alternate between your hands, unlike the Swiss Army Triplet. Effectively, if you’ve mastered the Flam and Double Strokes rolls then you’re pretty much most of the way there.

If you feel like you understand these drum rudiments try them out for yourself! Grab a metronome and follow allow starting at 60bpm, once you think you’ve mastered that try and gradually speed it up gradually to 160bpm.

So now that you’ve explored these complex rudiments, you should be able to describe their sticking patterns and how to apply them to a drum kit.