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Preparing for the Doublé

Isolating hands

When developing the Doublé (or Inverted Flam Tap), the major challenge will be maintaining proper sticking and not falling back into “normal” Flam Taps. Understanding the mechanics and structures of your hands in detail by figuring out what patterns are really being played when isolating parts is an important learning aid. Keep in mind that we sort of disregard the distancing of the strokes on the flam to some degree, and that the Flam is only played once in the 1st ending on “1” – not in the second bar of the first ending.


Practice step by step:

1Watch the video and pay close attention to the movements of the hands, the positioning of the hands, and the different rhythms. Try to hear the 1st and 2nd endings within the complete rudiment, as shown in bars one and two.
2At first, only figure out the first two bars and the 1st ending. Read and play the exercise without any click track to clarify the combination of strokes and be sure to emphasize each accented note. Remember: the flam in the 1st ending is played only once.
3As a next step, play the first two bars and only the 2nd ending (featuring the left hand). Read and play the exercise without the click track to clarify the combination of strokes and be sure to emphasize each accented note.
4Once both halves are working, play the entire exercise with track 1, trying to imitate the sound, feel and precision.
5Practice with track 2. Play in the parts with the click only.
6Use track 3 in the initial tempo. Make sure that each of your strokes is completely lined up with the metronome. Do the same leading with either hand.
7Be careful not to “hold down” the stick into the pad/drum, but let it react and work for you as good as possible. Remember to relax your hands!
8Try not to work too hard on the softer double strokes: Imagine just relaxing your hand, dropping the stick, and moving your wrist up at the same time to prepare for the accent. Use a mirror and reflect the blessings of the informal “Moeller” movements. Your wrist should move up first – not the tip of the stick.
9Play with track 4 in the initial tempo leading with the right hand. Play the same leading with your left hand.
10Now you can gradually speed up the track and have some fun with different density of flams, anything from relatively “open” to “flat” (meaning to really play both hands in unison) will give you much better control and consistency with all your flam rudiments.

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CHAPTER 1: Background and facts
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"
CHAPTER 8: Basel Drumming - Connecting the Patterns