Counting Quintuplets: The “Gina Lollobrigida” to Groovy Beats

Counting Quintuplets: The “Gina Lollobrigida” to Groovy Beats

June 27, 20242 min read

Counting quintuplets can feel like a juggling act! But fear not, there are ways to make it smoother than butter. Let's explore some counting techniques and discover the magic of the "Gina Lollobrigida"

Counting Options Galore:

There's no single "right" way to count quintuplets. Many drummers use classic methods like "university" or simply counting 1-5 repeatedly. But what if there was a way that felt more natural and flowed better?

Enter the Lollobrigida:

This unique counting system comes from an unexpected source – a trombone player named Craig! He used the name "Gina Lollobrigida" (minus the "Gina") to count sevens, breaking it down to "Lollobrigida" for the last five notes.

Why It Works:

The beauty of the Lollobrigida lies in its tongue-twister nature. It keeps your mouth moving quickly, mimicking the speed of the quintuplets themselves. This creates a smoother internal feel compared to the stop-and-start nature of counting 1-5.

Beyond the Basics:

The Lollobrigida isn't just for counting straight quintuplets. Try incorporating it into your practice routines! Combine it with triplet counting to bridge the gap between different rhythmic ideas. For example:

  • One and a, Two and a, Three and brigida, Four and a… (triplet to quintuplet)

Benefits Beyond Counting:

The Lollobrigida isn't just about counting – it can enhance your playing! The smooth flow translates to smoother hand and foot coordination, leading to cleaner and more expressive quintuplet execution.

Give It a Try!

Like any new skill, the Lollobrigida might feel awkward at first. But stick with it! The benefits of a more natural internal feel and smoother playing are well worth the initial effort.

Ready to Master Quintuplets?

Head over to my course "Quintuplets Made Easy"! We'll not only delve deeper into counting techniques but also explore how to incorporate quintuplets into your drumming vocabulary with killer fills and grooves.

Happy drumming, and keep it groovy!

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Grant Collins

Grant’s influential and inventive dedication to the instrument has spanned over thirty years, in which time he has developed new techniques and instrument combinations. This extensive commitment has also seen him make significant global musical contributions, not only to the drums, but the music industry itself as his dedication extends from professional drumming, to corporate motivations, keynote presentations and also the highest of quality creative educational instruction.

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