Olympic DoublesTechnique by Will Taylor // July 31 2012
Hello, I trust all is well in the land of shred! The Olympics are in London Town, so I thought I’d pen an exercise to really stretch our technique.
As you can see from the exercise below we’re dealing with 1/32 note doubles into 1/16 notes, with a three over four accent pattern. For our double strokes, it’s business as usual, big double free strokes to start with. As our speed increases we’ll introduce the fingers using the drop grab technique, our wrists turning in slightly to American grip to really utilize our fingers and execute the second stroke of the double.
For the 1/16 notes we’ll really be working our Moeller technique, making big up strokes to really make that accent count. As our speed rises our range of motion will come down (as will our stick heights) and our Moeller whip will move from being generated from the elbow down to a smaller elbow/wrist whip.
I think the video best explains it all, but if you have any questions get in touch.
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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