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