16th Note Warm-Up

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

Warming up properly is crucial for any drummer. Doing so will help you play to your fullest potential while making sure you don’t injury yourself. Some drummers tend to play without warming up. Most do so because they don’t know what to warm-up with. If you’re one of those drummers, you came to the right place. In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches a cool 16th note warm-up that makes use of the triple stroke roll. This is a great warm-up since you’ll be practicing hand technique and drum rudiments while getting your hands warm and relaxed.

Most people tend to practice the triple stroke roll as 8th note triplets and 16th note triplets. By practicing the triple stroke roll as 16th notes, you’ll have to get your brain accustomed to playing groups of three notes over a four-note per count subdivision. This is tougher then it sounds. If you haven’t learned how to play the triple stroke roll, you can use this exercise as a good excuse to do so.

Once you’re able to play the triple stroke roll as 16th notes, add the feet into the mix. This is a great way of working on foot independence and speed while you warm-up your hands. To work on bass drum speed, check the free drum lesson “Beginner Single Pedal Bass Drum Speed“. To work on bass drum independence, check the free drum lesson “Bass Drum Independence Etude“. The idea here is for you to combine the foot patterns from those exercises, with the the 16th triple stroke roll warm-up. You can use those foot patterns with your left foot if you want to increase its power, control, and independence as well.

Another cool thing you can do with it is come up with some cool 16th note drum fills. Since a triple stroke roll played as 16th notes revolves every other three measures, you can use each measure as a different one-bar drum fill.




  • Emmanuel says:

    Thanks for the advice…still need more warm up

  • teach me rudiments says:

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  • Heartwill Wemegah says:

    I have a problem with my left hand. I cannot play with my left like I do with my right. I have tried so much bt its like my wrist is stiff and I cannot make them flexible. Please help me.

  • mickey says:

    layed down the drums 30 years ago, not sure why, but Im gratful for your free lessons. Hope the youngsters take advantage of your help.Thanks…. who said you cant teach an old dog new tricks,,,,,

  • Chad Greenwood says:

    Excellent Lessons Jared – I try to keep up on everything that you and Dave and the team send out. I was wondering if you could do something on linear drumming. Linear drumming sounds pretty cool and I would really like to learn more about it.

  • larry d says:

    When I practice triplets (with/without accents; combinations of 1/16 & 1/8th notes), I also practice them with doubles (rrl, lrr, llr, rll).
    Now, seeing your video, I’ll start practicing the triplet in 1/16 note quarters. (rrrl, llrr, rlll, rrrl…) along with the other 1/16 note 1/4s. Reminds me of Stick Control (rlll; lllr) and tells me to dig that book out. Thanks for showing different possibilities and musicality.

  • David Sumpter says:

    Years ago in school, my teacher taught me the roll with saying mama dady. Is this some of the same warm up techniques?

  • Buddhima says:

    Awesome man awesome

  • AaronT says:

    This was great. I never considered playing a triple stroke roll as anything other than triplets. It was super tricky at first but once I really listened hard I got it. Now I just have to perfect it. Thanks for these awesome lessons. They are extremely helpful!

  • anietie udoh says:

    i need some basic drums notation

  • fadly says:

    this warm up help me to pre-play drums

  • Hung Le Quoc says:

    I am a techer drums in Vietnam.I like warm up! You can tell me when I use Finger?When I use wrist?Because when I use finger the sound is not Power.And how can you do kick for begening.

  • Changos says:

    Thank you for this warm-up exercise.
    It’s really helpful. It “opens up” my mind a little bit, since the beat of the metronome is not always on the first stroke. I mean, it goes beyond the classic rock groove.

  • Arod tinson says:

    Yes your videos are always helpful, I can use them too teach to my students, keep it up jared!

  • Mutlu Basdas says:

    cool man.. its like a polyrhythm i guess, right?

  • Andrew says:

    Do you have any good warm ups to develop hand independence and feet independence? I’m primarily a right handed drummer and I just got a drum set of my own a week ago, which means I’m not very good at using the hi hat pedal yet. I’d like to be able to better control my right hand and my left foot, and anything that could help me with that would be awesome.

  • Jared Falk says:

    Do you like these types of warm-ups? I got a ton more that I could share but I need to make sure this is stuff you’re gonna use. Reply back here and let me know.

    • Christian Ziegler says:

      I like it but frankly I need to master triple stroke rolls first 😀

    • nathaniel stice says:

      I love these warm-ups, I add them to my things so play for a set amount of time every day and practice them for about ten min ever day. I have really improved with warm ups like these, I would love to keep adding new ones!

    • Travis says:

      My answer is yes for these kind of warm ups. during the summer i need to keep practicing on my practice pad/ drumset because im not in school. My band class and school jazz band keep me up to date for practice like this. But, i still need to practice over the summer.

      Thanks for alll the help at Freedrumlessons.com, and Drumlessons.com, you helped me become much better at all around percussion. I share your sites with all my friends who play percussion. In sort…. We would like more warm ups, and thnkz for the help

    • Mikey says:

      This is awesome…(My Bucket List) “learn how to play the drums” Thanks Jared

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