Two Handed Double Stroke Drum Warm-Up

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written something for, but I have a couple of great excuses:

• I just finished a jazz method book for Alfred Publishing that should be released fairly soon. It’s been an absolute pleasure (and honor) working with Dave Black from Alfred. What a great guy!

• I just wrote a full-length article (with accompanying notation) for Drum! Magazine. That piece will be included in the July 2013 issue.

Many of my students throughout the years have been interested in learning how to play double strokes. Although learning to play this rudiment (and all of the related double-stroke rudiments) can be relatively easy for some, it can also be very challenging for others.

The technique required to play controlled doubles involves releasing/squeezing or pushing/pulling the stick with the fingers. This gives you the clean sound that you need at many different tempos and playing surfaces.

Students who struggle learning to use their fingers in this way, often benefit from playing doubles as flat flams and/or leaving a little bit of space between each attempt.

The following exercise is not only a great warm-up, but will also provide the player with the opportunity to build their doubles and displaced doubles technique.

Extra Challenge: Whenever you see an eighth-note rest, insert two bass drum hits. Place the flat flams, doubles, and displaced doubles melodically around the drum kit.

Note: For more instruction on double stroke technique, check out my new book, Drumcraft,  and Bill Bachman’s book, Stick Technique. You might also want to invest in a pair of Sam Ruttenburg’s invention, Vic Firth’s HingeStix. Another one of my books, Daily Drum Warm-Ups, has countless exercises involving doubles. Finally, if you don’t already have one, find a qualified drum teacher!

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