Copying The Hands With Double Kick

Learn to play a single stroke roll with both the hands and feet.

In this introductory double kick lesson you will be playing a single stroke roll as various note values and the feet will play the same, at the same time. So if your hands are playing single strokes as quarter notes, your feet will be playing singles as quarter notes.

In all exercises make sure the feet and hands are completely in sync both in terms of timing and dynamics. Watch your left foot in particular.


Quarter Note Exercise

In this exercise both the hands and feet are playing single stroke rolls as quarter notes.

The quarter note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 160bpm.

Eighth Note Exercise

Next you are going to take the same exercise and double all note values. The only difference here is how you count the exercise and the speed you play it at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Quarter Notes To Eighth Notes

Before progressing to the sixteenth note exercise try playing a bar of quarter notes followed by a bar of eighth notes. This is a great way to try and push the speed of the eighth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Sixteenth Notes

In the final exercise you will take the same concept again but apply it to groups of sixteenth notes. As with the previous exercise, the only thing that is changing is how you count the notes and the speed you play them at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 120bpm.

Eighth Notes To Sixteenth Notes

I'll finish this lesson with an exercise where the first bar is singles as eighth notes and the second bar is singles as sixteenth notes. As with the crotchet to quaver exercise, this is a great way to try and push the tempo of your sixteenth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.