Triple Ratamacue - Drum Rudiment

The triple ratamacue was one of the patterns chosen to take part in the 26 American Drum Rudiments by members of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) in 1936. The triple ratamacue was also featured in the 13 Essential Drum Rudiments. This was a subgroup of the 26 drum rudiments that encompassed the essential drum rudiments any drummer should know how to play. In 1984, the 26 drum rudiments were joined by 14 other drum rudiments, giving birth to the 40 International Drum Rudiments.

You can think of the triple ratamacue as a double ratamacue with an extra drag ruff in front of it. Therefore, it's important you take the time to go through the free drum lesson on the double ratamacue before you go through this one. Doing so will help you master the triple ratamacue and the drum beats and drum fill herein way faster.

Triple Ratamacue

Once you're able to play the triple ratamacue accurately with a metronome, you can start working on the following triple ratamacue drum beats and drum fills.

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. The patterns featured on counts 2 and 4 are nothing more than single ratamacues. 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 a 16th note triplet drum beat. Start by playing two triplet 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. 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. Be sure to 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 on the sheet music below. This a challenge since all strokes leading to that one are executed with the hi-hat closed.

Triple Ratamacue #4

Once you're done with the triple ratamacue, browse the drum rudiments section on this website for more free drum lessons.