FIX Your WEAK DOUBLES With ONE EASY EXERCISE!!

FIX Your WEAK DOUBLES With ONE EASY EXERCISE!!


Are you having trouble with your doubles? Well grab a pair of sticks because the doctor is in the house. I don’t care who you are, what kind of
music you listen to, how long you been playing, doesn’t make any difference. If
you’re gonna call yourself a serious drummer it’s imperative that you have a nice, strong double stroke. Everything that we play on the drums involves just playing singles and doubles. Some of you may have heard me say it before, if you only know 3 rudiments: single stroke, double stroke and a single paradiddle. If
those are the only 3 that you ever learn, without learning another one,
those 3 will carry you through your entire career. You got to be able to play
a strong single and a strong double and a strong combination of the two. There are a lot of drummers out there that have a weak double stroke. I’m not
calling anybody out. So it’s not your fault maybe you just haven’t been shown the
right way to do it and that’s why you clicked on this video and by the end of
it you’re gonna know exactly how to work on it. So in this video I’m gonna show
you how you can develop a nice, strong, clean, articulate, confident double stroke with one exercise. Now all it’s going to take to fix your double stroke is the right approach to it. So first of all,
most drummers, this is why you can’t really blame anybody for having a
weak double. Most drummers are taught when they play a double stroke that a
double is basically just a single stroke with one bounce, right? Which is completely true. So when you factor that in it’s like, okay I can just go from
this to that right Right? Totally makes sense The problem with that approach is when
you play them that way because you’ve already been playing the single,
the accent is already sort of automatically, by default, on the first
stroke of the double. And thats the main problem right there. When you play your double strokes that way, especially if you’re a beginner drummer and you’re
your hands aren’t really that developed yet. There’s an imbalance between the two
strokes because you got a dominant hand and you have a weaker hand, right? So the
second stroke isn’t as strong and as confident as the first one and that is
really just a muscle memory thing because you know that’s how you’ve been
playing them. So when they really start to sort of emphasize that movement, then it
just kind of amplifies the problem in a way because what ends up happening is
that you end up digging into that first stroke in hopes to get a stronger bounce
out of it and it just makes the whole thing sound weaker, right? So you end up
with That kind of thing which is horrible. What
you want to do is even those two strokes out So it’s not a matter of necessarily,
you know, playing your louder stroke softer you want to flip it around. You want to play that second stroke or the weaker stroke louder. You want to
bring it up to the same level as the one that you’re playing with your dominant
hand. And the way to do that, the only way to do that is to place the accent on the
second stroke of a double. So here’s the one exercise that you can do. This is a target type exercise, so you can isolate each hand when you do this. You don’t
have to be working both hands at the same time. You can do this anywhere you
want in the house for as long as you want, whether you’re on your kit or
sitting in front of the TV, whatever And it’s just a single exercise where
you’re gonna practice snapping out the second accent of the double. And it’s just a really simple movement that goes like that. That’s it. Basically what it is, is just a throw and catch Thrown and catch. So you just kind of rigging this, you’re throwing the stick down and then you’re snapping it back up and you’re
almost kind of catching it with these last three fingers,
bringing that butt end of the stick back up towards your palm and that’s all it
is. It’s just a simple throw and catch movement And of course you know you want
to do with both hands. Now I’m gonna address the match grip
players first because everybody has a different fulcrum Most, especially new
drummers, use the index finger for their fulcrum. That’s totally fine. There’s
plenty of drummers out there that still play like that. So this is where you’re sort of fulcrum is. Whichever way you do
it, it’s exactly the same thing but that’s your index finger. I use my middle
finger and the index fingers are really not doing much just acting as a
guide for the stick. But it’s exactly the same So that’s all I’m doing.
Boom. Just bringing the foot end of the stick up using my last three fingers or
in this case mostly my last two since I’m already sort of keeping the stick
firm with my middle finger. I’m using the last two. And that pinky is a powerful
muscle, man. Make sure that your pinky is touching the stick. Don’t have it flared
out like this like I see a lot of drummers doing. It”s a powerful gear, man.
You want to keep that that finger touching the stick. So that’s all it is
man. You’re going to stay nice and relaxed. Keep a nice, loose grip on the
stick and that’s all you’re doing. It’s just a really light throw and catch kind
of motion. Do it both hands You want to do them sort of in unison That’s it. And this movement is what’s going to help you learn how to accent that second
stroke of the double. Once you get it going and once you stagger them That’s all it is So while you’re sitting
in front of the TV man that’s all you’re doing super simple movement that you can do for a long period of time without
getting tired. Traditional grip players the mechanics are way different with
traditional grip and what I’m doing there is I’m holding the stick if you guys have seen my traditional grip tutorial make sure you check it out if you
haven’t seen it I’ll make sure to put it at the end of this one but there’s
that stick position that I keep talking about where you’re sort of resting the
stick up against that middle sort of joint in the thumb there. And there’s a
little bit more happening here, at least when I do it right.
So curling over my index finger a little bit. Stick is nice and firm under that
joint in the thumb. Sitting nice and firm into the cradle as well, like right in
there. And what I’m doing there’s a lot of, well not a lot, but I’m
actually sort of rotating the forearm a little bit and I’m also playing from
the elbow just slightly. Just to help with the up-down movement. And to snap it out it’s kind of different what I’m doing is tapping the first one and actually almost kind of snapping the
stick down in this direction using the thumb Right? so you can see my forearm
is kind of moving a little bit like that still a very comfortable grip, like
there’s no tension in the stick or anything But that’s what I’m doing there and that’s the repetitive movement that you can do if you’re a traditional grip
player. The stick is actually doing most of the work and I’m just kind of moving my forearm from the elbow kind of like this, right? So it’s almost like a
really fast handshake kind of thing. That is super comfortable. I could do
that for an hour wouldn’t bother me Now the important thing to note of course is that when you’re, when we’re sort of over-emphasizing that accent while we’re
practicing this, that’s really sort of just for practice purposes. That’s for
the muscle development process because once you actually learn how to do that
then you’re just sort of going to even them out, you know what I mean? You’re
just sort of going to level them, leveL them out. Once you learn the movement then it’s just a matter of controlling it. Then you can actually make those strokes
sound a lot a lot more even You could also really control your
volume when you’re doing that When you’re kind of over-emphasizing
that accent on the second stroke, after you’ve learned that, then you just
just got to work on straightening them out and sort of even the strokes out.
So that’s it, man. One exercise that will fix your doubles
I swear in a matter of weeks. If you do this, you know, for half an hour a day an
hour a day or whatever, while you’re watching TV, just that simple, simple little movement, that’ll fix your doubles, in no time. So there it is, man. Consider that your prescription. Take two of these, twice a day, call me in three months. Thanks for watching this video! Share it if you dig it. Like, Subscribe, See you next video