Dawn of the Doubles: Double Strokes from Hell Part ITechnique by Will Taylor // October 30 2012
Hello, readers of The Black Page! I hope you’re all well in the land of shred. This week’s exercise is something I love, accented double stroke. Now I don’t double with accents like a group of five-stroke rolls. I mean everything is doubles and you have to accent the doubles (if you look at the manuscript below it’ll make a bit more sense!)
Now this exercise requires us to really stretch our double stroke facility. Because we have accented and non-accented doubles, I feel it best to approach it as you would single strokes with accents. This means we need our accented notes to all be one stick-height and our taps to be all one height. This must be practiced in front of a mirror, checking our heights, our technique and also listening so we’re creating a great sound.
Keep your grip loose and really pay attention to your technique. I’m a big believer in not jumping from wristing your doubles to drop grab too soon. A larger muscle group will produce a bigger, fatter sound but make sure you’re loose, as we don’t want any injures to creep in. We need to make sure our underlying double grace notes are clean and of a correct low stick-height yet still sound full. At slow tempos this isn’t a problem, but as we increase the tempo I suggest focusing on them, making sure they’re still sounding good. When we get the speed up we’ll need to drop these double grace notes even lower to accommodate our lower accent heights which will add to the challenge of this exercise.
I hope you enjoy this (the video will explain a lot).
About the Author
Will began playing in the Falcons marching band and took a heavy interest in rudimental drumming. This led to seven years of marching snare drum with the Falcons (finally writing for and leading the drumline) and time at the Cadence drum and bugle corps.
He began playing drum kit during this time and took to studying hard with some great teachers (Richard Spooner, Tom Meadows, Neil Martin) and playing for many different artists as well as playing on releases by Gary Go and Incoherence to name a few. Will maintains a busy teaching schedule whilst playing, touring and recording with different artists and bands.
Email Will with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter at twitter@willtaylordrums or visit him online at http://www.willtaylor.co.uk/
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