EXERCISE #3: “DOUBLE / TRIPLE BEAT”
This exercise works on developing quality double and triple strokes. Here are a few things to look for during your daily rehearsal:
• The wrist directs each stroke with a relaxed rebound motion. Think of “8-8-16”, but with only 2 or 3 strokes. Listen for evenness of the rhythm and volume of each stroke.
• A wrist that is too tight will result in a choppy sounding double stroke. A “bounced” double stroke will result in the first stroke being louder than the second.
• At the slowest speeds (Bronze-Silver), you will have a slight arm motion to initiate the beginning of the double or triple stroke. Utilize a full, relaxed wrist turn for each of the repeated notes. As you speed up, involve the back fingers to strengthen the rebound of the stick off the head.
• Also practice with your hands on your leg or with sticks on a pillow or other surface with more limited rebound (a floor tom, for example). Each type of surface will require more or less wrist and finger motion to create a strong double or triple stroke.
• Cymbals: This exercise incorporates the movement to each position with a hard prep and a cymbal flip. Work to perform each movement exactly in time with the feet and freeze each position in place.
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