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Developing the Double Stroke Roll with Your Feet: Part II

Technique by Libor Hadrava // October 03 2013
Developing the Double Stroke Roll with Your Feet: Part II

As drummers, we usually don’t take practicing our feet as seriously as we should. Having said that I hope you’ve had enough time to practice all the exercises from Part 1. If you haven't, click on this link to get a refresher. 

As I mentioned last time I have developed them to help your feet get more comfortable with tasks that are second nature to your hands. It is very possible to train your feet to be as skillful as your upper limbs. They could easily become your second pair of hands, if you will. Let the training continue with Part 2 of our “Developing Double Stroke Roll With Feet” journey. Last time we were focusing on developing doubles with each foot individually. Now it is time to put them together. Each exercise has part “A” and part “B” 

“A” part is a feet only warm-up designed to get you comfortable with each individual feet pattern. “B” part has the same feet pattern with a simple Hi-Hat and snare rhythm on top. 

Just like when you were learning doubles with your hands on the snare drum it is very important to practice all of these exercises very slowly at first to expose your muscles to the right motion and technique. Create a good muscle memory to use later at faster tempos or when creating multilayered composition when independence plays an important role. Bad habit, unfortunately, is also a muscle memory “gone wrong.” 

There are two different kinds of double stroke roll. Double Stroke Roll and Inverted Double Stroke Roll. Exercises (1-5) below will walk you through several combinations to get very comfortable and used to both kinds. Not a Double bass player? Not a problem. You could use your Hi-Hat for your left foot. I often practice hitting both pedals (Bass & Hi-Hat) with my left foot. It strengthens your L-foot plus it comes handy when orchestrating your feet. In the “B” section of each exercise use Ride cymbal instead of Hi-Hat. 

Now go back and start each of these patterns with your left foot. It will be more beneficial than you might think at first. Remember this is still just the beginning, do not underestimate any of these steps. We are building the foundation that we will rely on next time and the time after. Have fun!



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Libor  Hadrava

Libor Hadrava is the owner of Axiom Music School in Stoneham, MA, providing pro-level lessons to the greater Boston area January 2013 and is the author of In-Depth Rhythm Studies–Advanced Metronome Functions. Libor has studied at the Ježek Conservatory in Prague with the famed percussionist Vladimír Žižka and at Berklee College of Music under drum greats Jon Hazilla, Rod Morgenstein, Dave DiCenso, and Skip Hadden. Libor is proudly endorsing Dream Cymbals and Gongs, Vater Percussion and Pearl Drums. Visit Libor online at http://www.liborhadrava.com


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