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Old 01-18-2018, 03:43 AM
pt3407 pt3407 is offline
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Default How to play feathered doubles heel down for jazz?

Iím working thru the art of bop drumming by John Riley and one of the exercises Iím doing includes doubles in 8th note triplets (for example, doubles on and a and doubles on one and) but with the bass drum. Iím trying to play it at 120 bpm but my foot doesnít go fast enough, sometimes it will hit the doubles fine but sometimes the first stroke will barely touch the head and the second will be loud as hell. Is there any technique to play feathered doubles heel down?
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:35 AM
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Default Re: How to play feathered doubles heel down for jazz?

There's no reason to feather that-- you're playing that stuff to be heard, even if the volume level is low. That's a different thing from feathering. Just slow it down, relax, make sure you're articulating your ankle, and making the rebound on the first note of the double. If you're resting with the beater close to the head, the first note you play is going to tend to be too soft, and not accurately timed. It sounds like you're attempting some kind of kinetic double stroke-- don't do that. Play both notes. 120 should be plenty slow enough to do that.

You should also spend some time trying to make your screwed up execution sound good as it is. If you can make that weird accent thing sound like something, you'll probably be doing something nobody else can do.
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