With my beginning students we've been talking about how to strengthen and improve our double strokes, so that they are more articulated and "clean".
Often times the second note of the double is weaker than the first, the left hand has a harder time keeping up with the right hand as tempos get faster, and our arms and wrists tend to tighten up as we play.
To aid our playing in that regard, I wrote down some simple Double Stoke exercises that we can use daily in our practicing. I've split these exercises up over three days and so today, I present to you part one. When playing the doubles, keep in mind:
- Double Strokes should sound like "digga" w/ both strokes equally strong
- For beginners: at slower tempos be sure to use your wrists and try for a full range of motion
- Remember: stay relaxed, loose and have fun!
As far as tempo goes - start slow so that you can be aware of what you are doing. Analyze your playing and work to eliminate any points of stress or tightness. The goal is to stay relatively relaxed and loose.
Get the PDF here: Building Better Double Strokes part one