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Doubles to Triples

Technique by Will Taylor // November 20 2012
Doubles to Triples

Hello again! I trust all is well in the land of drums. This month’s exercise is nothing new but I feel it’s a valuable one. Double and triple strokes are something of an obsession of mine. There’s nothing like a perfectly executed roll with the sound and precision of a machine gun! 

Start this exercise slowly. We’re going to be using full strokes to execute this, throwing the sticks down allowing them to bounce back up to generate a clean, full sound. It’s not till we reach around 120 to 130 bpm that our technique will change and we’ll start incorporating our fingers. These will help you pull out the second stroke of the doubles and second and third strokes of the triples.    

It’s important to have good “finger snap” technique to really keep the machine gun sound of these strokes. As the speed increases, your grip will close down slightly and your fulcrum will shift forward to the front of your hand. Your stick heights will also become lower with this increase of speed. Remember to keep it loose and allow the sticks to work for you—play off the drumhead not through it. 

When I’m trying to play great double and triple strokes I always like to think of that scene in Predator, the one when Arnie and his squad decimate the forest with a million bullets, for the ultimate roll sound! 

I hope you’ve found this useful and may your rolls be clean and fast! ‘Til next time.



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About the Author
Will  Taylor

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 willtaylordrums@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at twitter@willtaylordrums or visit him online at http://www.willtaylor.co.uk/

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