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Inverted doubles (including accents) – then adding flam accents

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Inverted doubles (including accents)

Then adding flam accents

The basic structure of the Doublé (or Inverted Flam Tap) can be traced back to an underlying foundation of inverted double strokes. Making this connection and then simply adding the flams can be a great help in building your skills with the Doublé. The usual challenge is to not fall back into the standard Flam Tap.

(Note: The little line inside the notehead is a typical Swiss abbreviation indicating a Flam). 


Practice step by step:

1Watch the video and pay attention to how the hands and sticks work.
2At first, do the exercise without the click track to clarify the combination of strokes. Maintain proper sticking, this will be the most important point.
3Always keep a strong quarter note pulse with your foot to maintain the proper order of the sticking in conjunction with the basic pulse.
4Play the exercise with only a slight accent (see larger note heads) and don’t force the dynamics too much.
5Strive for an even and consistent chain of 16th notes and pay attention to the sticking.
6Play with track 1 (original exercise).
7Practice with track 2. Play in the parts with the click only.
8Revisit the video example once again, try to imitate as much as possible of it.
9Make sure to really play in the center of the drumhead.
10Use track 3 (adding the 16th note grid) in the initial tempo. Make sure all your strokes completely line up with the metronome.
11Experiment 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.
12Aim for three different levels of volume on the exercise: Play it completely p, completely mf and completely in f. Make sure the strokes with the bigger noteheads do not stand out too much.
13Play with track 4 in the initial tempo leading with the right hand as indicated in the exercise. Play the same exercise also leading with the left hand.

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CHAPTER 2: Preparing your first piece: The Morgenstreich
CHAPTER 3: Basel drumming rudiments I
CHAPTER 4: Basel Drumming Rudiments II
CHAPTER 5: Basel Drumming Rudiments III
CHAPTER 6: Basel Drumming Basic Syncopation System
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