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Lesson 8, Exercise 5
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Accenting different spots in Doublé – 1

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Accenting different spots in the Doublé

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Although it is only a short combination of strokes, the Doublé (“Inverted Flam Tap” in American/English sources or “Coup Anglais” in French sources) is a very demanding pattern that often creates unforeseen challenges. The main issue will be to understand the proper organization of the sticking in connection with the correct placement of the grace note/flam. The ability to place accents in different positions will be extremely relevant in terms of using the phrase in a rudimental piece or translating it into the modern drum set vocabulary.

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Doublé / Inverted Flam Tap / Coup Anglais on a 16th note grid.

Practice step by step:

1Watch the video and pay attention to the function of the hands and sticks (hand positioning, up- and down strokes, grip, stick height, and more).
2First, do the exercise without any click track to clarify the combination of strokes.
3Play the exercise without accents at first and make the sticking right.
4Play with track 1 (original exercise). Try to imitate the sound, feel, and precision.
5Practice with track 2. Play in the parts with the click only.
6Now add the accents and make sure you apply the appropriate up and downstrokes. Watch the video example again to understand the proper placement for the movement and the informal “Moeller” fashion of the motions.
7Use track 3 (adding the 16th note grid) in the initial tempo. Make sure all your strokes completely line up with the metronome.
8Experiment with different densities and distance of the grace note, ranging from “more open” to “flat”; that is, play with both hands in unison on the flam. This will enhance your control of the flam.
9Aim for three different levels of volume in this exercise: The accented flam (which should be the loudest note in the pattern), the unaccented single stroke (which should be the softest note), and the unaccented flam (which is dynamically in the middle).
10Play with track 4 in the original tempo leading with the right hand as indicated in the exercise. Play the same exercise also leading with the left hand.

Additional Exercises:

Follow the same instructions as given for the initial exercise.

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