The exercises in this lesson will sound exactly the same as those in our 16th To 32nd Doubles Hand Exercise, only you will now use double strokes instead of singles. As in the previous lesson, remember at all times to make sure your notes are all clear and even whilst using proper hand technique. Don't let the left hand play softer than the right and keep your hands in the optimal playing position. All exercises below will be in the time signature of 4/4 using double stroke roll sticking.
Exercise 1 - 1 Beat Changes
Play 1 beats worth of 16th notes followed by 1 beats worth of 32nd notes. You will fit this exercise twice into one bar.
Exercise 2 - 2 Beat Changes
Play 2 beats worth of 16th notes followed by 2 beats worth of 32nd notes.
Exercise 3 - 4 Beat Changes
Play a full bars worth of 16th notes followed by a full bars worth of 32nd notes.
Exercise 4 - Eighth Note Changes
Play a half a beats worth of 16th notes followed by a half a beats worth of 32nd notes. This exercise fits four times into a bar. Watch the sticking of this exercise, it might not be what you'd expect.
- Using the 2 minute rule, aim to get the exercises up to a tempo of around 110bpm.
- Experiment with different lengths to further improve your hand speed.
- Reverse each exercise.