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Singles And Doubles

Single strokes and double strokes are the two main options we have when it comes to moving around the drum kit. Each hand plays either once or twice. 

Three or four strokes per hand is definitely possible (as well as useful) but not as important. So for now we are going to focus on singles and doubles. Plus, once you have nailed doubles, playing triples becomes a lot easier!

There are a ton of exercises you could use to get better at playing double strokes but the exercises below are some of my favourites. They are also straight forward to play and easy to remember.

The “A” column contains the right handed exercises and “B” the left — don't neglect starting with your left hand! In each exercise the doubles start one 16th note (or semi-quaver if you prefer) earlier. Play each pattern individually at first and once you've got the hang of that try moving between the exercises. For example, play ‘1a’ four times, then ‘2a’ four times and then ‘3a’ etc. 

As I said, pretty straight forward!

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Practice Pad Workout: Fives

A few quintuplet stickings (five notes per beat) that I've been playing around with on my practice pad for the last few weeks. 

Try playing the exercises with an accent on the beat as well as without. Both will be useful once played on the kit. 

As always, I recommend practicing to a metronome — beware, if you haven't played quintuplets before they will sound strange at first!

To develop the exercises further try playing them around the kit or try reinterpreting them as 16th notes.

Enjoy!

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