independence, part ii
A little phrasing with this old friend
Here we’re having a look at something called broken doubles. Now, this isn’t a new concept – far from it – but it is if you haven’t come across it before! So, what we’re looking at doing is taking the exercise I’m presenting in Example 1, and once that’s nailed firmly to the click developing it into a more exciting phrase by a) changing the voicing and b) adding bass drums notes to what will become the right-hand cymbal hits.
It’s important to note here that Example 1 is really where it’s at. If you haven’t practised your double-stroke roll at different subdivisions before then that will be your first port of call. Once that’s nailed, it’s a case of putting Example 1 together and getting it going around and around until it’s really flowing. Then it’s onto the next step, as detailed in the notation below.
The cool thing with this type of material is that once you’ve got it really nailed as a concept, there are a lot of ways of applying it musically to the drum kit, whether that’s as part of the groove, time, a fill, a longer chop/lick idea or as the basis of a solo.