Triplets Around the Drum Set: Around the Drums with Triplets

By D. Mark Agostinelli

Book Publication Date: January 18, 2018

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This book is a book to learn triplets on the drums. Mainly for learning them around the drum set as opposed to only the snare drum.

This is a book that is completely dedicated to triplets, If you want to learn how to play triplets or if you have a problem with triplets in any way. Then this is the book for you! The reason why, is that this book is huge, with over 50 pages of strait drills and challenges. The book starts off easy and then builds to extremely challenging.

It starts you off with just a set of basic triplets then slowly builds into doing triplets all around the set. You can start off slow and play the book slow until you get the hang of it. You gradually speed up your playing. Then, next thing you know, when you attempt to play a basic rock beat or any of your favorite beats and do a triple fill-in, you will land it!

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The reason why this happens is because as you play this book it will make you incredibly comfortable with triplets. By playing it over and over it will help you get a “feeling” on how to play rudiments. This feeling will become second nature to you, and when you want to pull off a triplet “fill” or solo, it becomes incredibly easy.

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Note From the Author

What motivated me to write this book?

When I was a child, the second or third book that I ever played was “Around the Drums with Triplets“, written by Paul Capozzoli. Before I played this book I was not so good at reading music in general (I was 9). I also was just learning how to read music around the set. Which most of you may know is a task in itself. I also did not play triplets really well and I wanted to play the NARD book. But that book was loaded of snare drum triplets.

So my teacher had me play the book “Around the Set with Triplets” I remember that the first thing that I noticed was that the book was handwritten. I never saw that, before then; each note was drawn by hand because the author did not write it on a computer because computers were still not used during those days when writing music. I found it very difficult as a 9-year-old to suddenly adjust my eyes to read “Hand-Written” sheet music. However, after I adjusted to that small problem and continued to work out of the book. Then suddenly, became a monster at a few things.

  • I became really good at reading triplets.
  • I got pretty good at using triplets on my own; during fill-ins and soloing.
  • I was able to throw around triplets in any way that I wanted.
  • I became better at reading music for around the drum set.
  • It also helped me get a better “feeling” of the triplets (if you are a drum player, you know what I mean)

So that book was my inspiration when writing this book. I wanted it to progress from “easy to hard” and be laid out similar to the Paul Capozzoli book. I also wanted it to have A LOT more material and I wanted it to have a font that was easy to read. Thus, creating a book even better than the Paul Capozzoli book.


About the Author

D. Mark Agostinelli is the man who defined the art of the modern rudiment. Writing the “Drum Rudiment Bible” he was able to create the first book that incorporated all known hybrid rudiments in existence. Studying with such greats as the legendary Mike Sgroi, Mark learned incredible technique for both hands utilizing drum rudiments. 
D. Mark Agostinelli is known as being one of the most influential music educators of his time through his devotional dedication to the art rudimental drumming.

Now, D. Mark Agostinelli wrote “Triplets around the Drum Set – Around the Drums with Triplets”, which is the ultimate book for developing triplets. 

Amazon Review

Finally a book that is dedicated to “triplets”

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Editorial Reviews


This book has 51 pages of rhythms and exercises in 4/4 to improve your reading, speed, and creativity; all based around triplets around the drum set. The triplets are played in a triplet note sequence throughout the book for easy reading, and lots of fun!

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