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Doublé | Straight and quintuplet-based interpretation

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Straight and quintuplet-based interpretation

The pattern of the Doublé can also be placed on top of a quintuplet grid to add a different “swing” (as used in the schools of Swiss or French Rudimental Drumming). With this in mind, mastering the following exercise will also help you gain a better understanding of quintuplet-based rhythms. The challenge will be to maintain the original sticking and not over exaggerate the “swing” by almost falling into a sextuplet rhythm.


Doublé - Alternating between straight 16th note and quintuplet grid

Practice step by step:

1Watch the video paying close attention to the function of the hands and sticks and especially the rhythmic aspect we are focusing on here.
2Figure out the relationship between the two halves of the exercise first without a click track.
3You can use a konnakol aid/the syllables “ta – ke -ta – ki – te” to coordinate with the five-beat rhythm. Try to really understand the importance of the first and fourth positions of the quintuplet. These two rhythmic cornerstones sound almost “shuffle-like”.
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.
6Be sure to really play the exercise dynamically “flat” at first. A flam is not necessarily an accent – it’s just an additional grace note or musical ornament.
7Use track 3 (adding the 16th/quintuplet 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” towards “flat”; that is, play with both hands in unison on the flam. This will improve your control of the flam.
9Play 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.
10Write down some similar exercises for yourself. Do not change the quintuplet rhythm itself, but only the order of the straight 16th notes and the quintuplet rhythm.

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CHAPTER 3: Basel drumming rudiments I
CHAPTER 4: Basel Drumming Rudiments II
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CHAPTER 6: Basel Drumming Basic Syncopation System
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