Quintuplets Lesson – Part one

Here’s a lesson on sixteenth-note quintuplets, a groups of five notes in the space of a quarter note.

Before you start, a good warm-up is to play the quintuplets with an alternate sticking (RLRLR – LRLRL) without accents (bass drum on quarter notes) and then play the first section of the exercises adding the accents. Start slowly (60 bpm) and repeat the single line at least two times, remember the bass drum on the quarter notes. An additional way to practice is to play the accents with flams or drags.

After you can apply this to the drumset playing the accents on the toms, cymbals, and bass drum and between hi-hat and snare (right hand on the hi-hat and left hand on snare).


The next section called rolling in quintuplets is useful to work on rolls, playing a diddle (32th note) in different places of the quintuplets. The sticking is the same RLRLR LRLRL but when you play a diddle you must use double stick  RR or LL. Another variation is to play the diddles with an RL or LR sticking.


Here are different stickings to play quintuplets: the first is the double stroke roll (n°3 of Stick Control) and the second is a paradiddle (n° 5 of stick control). Another additional sticking can be the five stroke roll, alternating the hands (RRLLR – LLRRL). When you play with these stickings is very important to play the quarter notes with the bass drum or the hi-hat.

*The white square indicates the right hand and the black square the left hand.


Some songs with a groove that’s based on quintuplets, useful for practice the exercises:


youtube.com/watch?v=HBHiubKR0R4  (1:48)

Here below the link to download the file in pdf.


Best regards 🙂


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