mov­ing and break­ing dou­bles

Broad­en­ing vo­cab­u­lary by mov­ing and break­ing dou­bles us­ing 16th-note fives

Rhythm - - VIDEO & AUDIO DRUM LESSONS - Toby Drum­mond is an ACM Drum Tutor who has per­formed with artists such as The Sea horses, Shaun Ry­der, Rus­sell Wat­son, Ray Davies, Celia Im­rie, and Cliff Richard.

Stick­ing com­bi­na­tions can be ar­tic­u­lated in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways, ie: solo­ing, phras­ing within a sec­tion, grooves, break­ing dou­bles etc. Within this month’s Pro Cor­ner ar­ti­cle we will be look­ing at mov­ing and break­ing dou­bles, which can be an ef­fec­tive way to broaden our vo­cab­u­lary and ap­pli­ca­tion around the kit. We will look at some sim­ple ex­er­cises as an in­tro­duc­tion to this new con­cept be­gin­ning with 16th-note fives.

In the ex­am­ples be­low I’ve in­cluded three bars of groove fol­lowed by a bar of 16th-note fives us­ing the stick­ing R-L-L-R-R-L-R-R-L-L. In Ex­am­ple 1 we move the sin­gle of each group­ing, in Ex­am­ples 2, 3 and 4 we’ll be mov­ing the dou­bles and in Ex­am­ples 5 and 6 we be­gin to break the dou­bles. Re­mem­ber, the stick­ing pat­tern will never change, but if you’ve never tried break­ing dou­bles be­fore it may take a few at­tempts to set­tle into the pat­tern.

Keep in mind that any of the con­cepts and tech­niques we’ve looked at to date are sim­ply an in­tro­duc­tion, de­signed to help build your mu­si­cal vo­cab­u­lary/pal­ette and to cre­ate ap­pro­pri­ate choices. A huge part of im­pro­vi­sa­tion is lis­ten­ing, spon­tane­ity, feel and es­sen­tially prac­tise – but hav­ing a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of var­ied tech­niques and con­cepts can only sup­port your mu­si­cal de­ci­sions and ap­pli­ca­tion to the kit.

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