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 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.
This week we focus on playing in two meters at once. A five beat chant is played on the ride cymbal over a drum chant in six. I break the full chant down by demonstrating both parts separately. The first beat of any chant is referred to as the “top” rather than commonly referring to it as “beat one”. This allows you to hear the phrase without counting focusing on the phrase’s feel and space. In this case of five over six, both parts meet on the 9th phrase in five and on the 6th phrase in six.
Here we see two phrases that create one phrase. The three PDF charts are of each phrase. Look at each chart to see the breakdown of each phrase on each hand. The third PDF “Right and Left Hand” is both phrases written on the rack and floor toms (separate staff lines) allowing you to see how the two phrases make one complete phrase. Then I use that complete phrase to build various chants based on that theme.