Triple Ratamacue

Learn To Play The Triple Ratamacue Drum Rudiment!

Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that the triple ratamacue is basically a double ratamacue with an extra drag ruff in front of it. So, it's imperative you take the time to learn how to play the double ratamacue before going through this free drum lesson. By doing so, you'll learn how to play the triple ratamacue and the drum beats and drum fills in this lesson way faster.

Triple Ratamacue

Exercise #1 is a 16th note triplet drum beat. Start by practicing the 8th note drag ruffs on counts 1 and 3. When you're able to play them effortlessly, play the bass drum in unison with the primary strokes on the hi-hat. Counts 2 and 4 are very interesting. If you look closely, you can see that the patterns featured on those counts are nothing more than single ratamacues played on the snare drum. Transitioning accurately from the drag ruffs to the single ratamacues can be a bit challenging. Start slowly and focus on control instead of speed.

Triple Ratamacue #1

Exercise #2 is another 16th note triplet drum beat. Start by playing two triple ratamacues on the hi-hat. Once that feels comfortable, move the hi-hat strokes on the "and" of counts 2 and 4 to the snare drum. After that, move the "let" from the 16th note triplet on count 4 to the hi-tom. Add the bass drum once you've mastered the hand pattern.

Triple Ratamacue #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note triplet drum fill. Count 4 has a very cool and challenging little nuance in the form of a unison stroke between the bass drum and the open hi-hat on the "let" of the 16th note triplet. If you play this drum fill like Lionel does in the video, you'll find yourself crossing your arms so you can play the open hi-hat. This can lead to an unwanted collision between your arms. If that isn't enough, you'll have to close the hi-hat one 16th note triplet after you've opened it. To make sure everything runs smoothly, practice this drum fill slowly at first. This will give you the opportunity to master the needed motions to have you playing the open and closing of the hi-hat effortlessly and accurately.

Triple Ratamacue #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note triplet drum fill. To play this exercise accurately we advise you to learn it one count at a time. Start on count 1. Memorize the stroke sequence on that count before moving on to the next one. Once you've learned the stroke sequence on count 2, play count 1 followed by count 2. Keep using this method for the remaining counts until you have the complete sequence of strokes under your belt. Add the metronome afterwards to work on lining everything up.

Triple Ratamacue #4

Make sure you practice this exercise slowly at first. This will make you focus on the needed coordination to have you open and close the hi-hat as notated in the sheet music below. This a challenge since all strokes leading to that are executed on a closed hi-hat.

Once you're done with the triple ratamacue, check the drum rudiments list on the left side of this website for more free drum lessons on drum rudiments.