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Preparing for the Doublé | Collapsing hand-to-hand triplets to binary structures

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Preparing for the Doublé

Collapsing hand-to-hand triplets to binary structures

The major challenge in developing a consistent and reliable Doublé (or Inverted Flam Tap) is to understand and internalize its sticking. Following a concept of the late great Jim Chapin (1919 – 2009), collapsing a structure of alternating single strokes can also help with that end in mind. “Collapsing” means changing the distance from stroke to stroke without changing the sticking. Note: If you repeat the exercise below, you can still add a flam on the count of “1” in the first measure to really have the same number of strokes in all three measures.


Collapsing alternating single strokes into the Doublé

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, for example).
2Figure out the exercise without any click track at first to clarify the combination of strokes.
3Always maintain a strong quarter note pulse with your foot.
4Play with track 1. Make sure there is a good difference between the three bars of the exercise.
5Practice with track 2. Play in the parts with the click only.
6Revisit the video example again to understand the proper placement for the movement and the informal “Moeller” fashion of the movements.
7Use track 3 (adding the 16th/triplet 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 the exercise: Play it completely p, completely mf and completely in f. Be careful not to make the strokes with the larger note heads stand out too much.
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.

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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
CHAPTER 7: Basel Drumming Standard Pieces - The "Arabi"
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