There's an interesting relationship between two-note (binary) and three-note (ternary) subdivisions that can help you develop better vocabulary and feel on the drumset. To understand this relationship, play an 8th-note triplet with your right hand while playing a straight 8th-note subdivision with your left hand, as demonstrated in Exercise 1. Try switching the hands, or move one of the hand's phrases to the bass drum or hi-hat foot. For example, play the triplet with your left foot while playing straight 8th notes with your right hand.

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