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
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.