Category : Doubles

Double strokes are two strokes per hand. Doubles are used in chops, chants & rhythms.

Doubles 4

This chant was originally performed by drummer Gene Lake on alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill’s album Spirit Of Nuff…Nuff [released 1990 Black Saint]. The composition is titled “Hope A Hope A”. This chant was mostly inspired by Gene Lake’s style and approach. I always found his style to sound loose. The cymbal part alone gives this Hip Hop chant a loose overlay. The doubles on the bell are key to that looseness.

Doubles 3

In this lesson, I demonstrate what I call “two hand doubles and one kick double.” That means each hand does one double once and then the kick does a double once. This is literal. For example, beginning with the right hand you get RRLLKK. Beginning with the left hand you get LLRRKK. It’s very simply in concept. It’s a great exercise to play around the kit moving from drum to drum even cymbals and hats. You can simply start on any drum and the kick. Or just snare and kick. It really doesn’t matter what time signature you play this exercise in as it will fit any.

Doubles 2

Doubles are a major part of my repertoire. I warm up with doubles at every gig for a few minutes to loosen up. I demonstrate “Doubles 2” with the click at 104 bpm as a moderate general tempo to work up to. To visibly simplify this, I wrote the chart using quarter and eighth notes so you can see that each note is separate and nothing lands together. This chant comes from my experimenting with “ghost” notes. Like I said earlier, I warm up with doubles at every gig and this chant is one of my main warm ups.

Doubles 1

Developing clean even doubles are demonstrated at slow, moderate and fast tempos. This is played in duple and triple feel. This allows you to look at doubles from two perspectives. It also gives you greater control and leverage commanding everything in duple and triple feel. I begin with a warm up I typically use that employs doubles. This helps loosen the wrists before performing which also gives me greater control and longevity in the long run. I recently attached the PDF file “Doubles 2” to this lesson months after the original post because I repeated this lesson again in Doubles 2. Basically Doubles 1 and Doubles 2 are the same lesson but from different perspectives and approaches.