This lesson will help us maintain and master double stroke rolls with fun exercises you can use to improvise with in many different musical contexts.

Using the simple 3-beat patterns from page 25 of Steps Beyond, we apply the following rules:

  • Rests are interpreted as double strokes
  • Notes are interpreted as single strokes

For example #2:Screenshot 2015-10-18 18.57.36


Because we are playing double strokes, you will need to play each note of the exercise hand-to-hand (RLRL, so the example above would use the sticking, RLRR LRLL… look familiar? 🙂

Then we take that result and practice it over different subdivisions including:

  • Subdivisions of 3 (8th note triplets, 16th note triplets). This is the most basic way to practice the figures, since the 3-beat patterns resolve every beat
  • Subdivisions of 4 (8th notes, 16th notes). This creates a 3 over 4 effect, which technically only resolves after 12 complete repetitions. This is a somewhat common odd grouping that creates a feeling of tension but at the same time it isn’t so “outside” that it will disorient the listener / other musicians too much.
  • Advanced subdivisions (quintuplets or septuplets if you’re feeling brave)

That pattern can then be voiced around the kit as well as played within the context of different styles (rock, hip-hop, jazz, swing, shuffle brazilian, cuban etc). Be sure to also explore other time signatures including 3/4, 7/8, 6/8 and 5/4!

In the video, Rich explores different ideas based on the Groups of 3 exercises from page 25 of Steps Beyond.

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Get chops here! These exercises are used everywhere. Once you learn them you’ll hear them all over.

Use all the options of a group of 3 from Steps Beyond to create stickings, polyrhythm, chops and more!

Apply 3 beat cycles from Steps Beyond to accents and subdivisions musically.

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