Are you having trouble with your doubles? Well grab a pair of sticks because the doctor is in the house. I don’t care who you are, what kind of
music you listen to, how long you been playing, doesn’t make any difference. If
you’re gonna call yourself a serious drummer it’s imperative that you have a nice, strong double stroke. Everything that we play on the drums involves just playing singles and doubles. Some of you may have heard me say it before, if you only know 3 rudiments: single stroke, double stroke and a single paradiddle. If
those are the only 3 that you ever learn, without learning another one,
those 3 will carry you through your entire career. You got to be able to play
a strong single and a strong double and a strong combination of the two. There are a lot of drummers out there that have a weak double stroke. I’m not
calling anybody out. So it’s not your fault maybe you just haven’t been shown the
right way to do it and that’s why you clicked on this video and by the end of
it you’re gonna know exactly how to work on it. So in this video I’m gonna show
you how you can develop a nice, strong, clean, articulate, confident double stroke with one exercise. Now all it’s going to take to fix your double stroke is the right approach to it. So first of all,
most drummers, this is why you can’t really blame anybody for having a
weak double. Most drummers are taught when they play a double stroke that a
double is basically just a single stroke with one bounce, right? Which is completely true. So when you factor that in it’s like, okay I can just go from
this to that right Right? Totally makes sense The problem with that approach is when
you play them that way because you’ve already been playing the single,
the accent is already sort of automatically, by default, on the first
stroke of the double. And thats the main problem right there. When you play your double strokes that way, especially if you’re a beginner drummer and you’re
your hands aren’t really that developed yet. There’s an imbalance between the two
strokes because you got a dominant hand and you have a weaker hand, right? So the
second stroke isn’t as strong and as confident as the first one and that is
really just a muscle memory thing because you know that’s how you’ve been
playing them. So when they really start to sort of emphasize that movement, then it
just kind of amplifies the problem in a way because what ends up happening is
that you end up digging into that first stroke in hopes to get a stronger bounce
out of it and it just makes the whole thing sound weaker, right? So you end up
with That kind of thing which is horrible. What
you want to do is even those two strokes out So it’s not a matter of necessarily,
you know, playing your louder stroke softer you want to flip it around. You want to play that second stroke or the weaker stroke louder. You want to
bring it up to the same level as the one that you’re playing with your dominant
hand. And the way to do that, the only way to do that is to place the accent on the
second stroke of a double. So here’s the one exercise that you can do. This is a target type exercise, so you can isolate each hand when you do this. You don’t
have to be working both hands at the same time. You can do this anywhere you
want in the house for as long as you want, whether you’re on your kit or
sitting in front of the TV, whatever And it’s just a single exercise where
you’re gonna practice snapping out the second accent of the double. And it’s just a really simple movement that goes like that. That’s it. Basically what it is, is just a throw and catch Thrown and catch. So you just kind of rigging this, you’re throwing the stick down and then you’re snapping it back up and you’re
almost kind of catching it with these last three fingers,
bringing that butt end of the stick back up towards your palm and that’s all it
is. It’s just a simple throw and catch movement And of course you know you want
to do with both hands. Now I’m gonna address the match grip
players first because everybody has a different fulcrum Most, especially new
drummers, use the index finger for their fulcrum. That’s totally fine. There’s
plenty of drummers out there that still play like that. So this is where you’re sort of fulcrum is. Whichever way you do
it, it’s exactly the same thing but that’s your index finger. I use my middle
finger and the index fingers are really not doing much just acting as a
guide for the stick. But it’s exactly the same So that’s all I’m doing.
Boom. Just bringing the foot end of the stick up using my last three fingers or
in this case mostly my last two since I’m already sort of keeping the stick
firm with my middle finger. I’m using the last two. And that pinky is a powerful
muscle, man. Make sure that your pinky is touching the stick. Don’t have it flared
out like this like I see a lot of drummers doing. It”s a powerful gear, man.
You want to keep that that finger touching the stick. So that’s all it is
man. You’re going to stay nice and relaxed. Keep a nice, loose grip on the
stick and that’s all you’re doing. It’s just a really light throw and catch kind
of motion. Do it both hands You want to do them sort of in unison That’s it. And this movement is what’s going to help you learn how to accent that second
stroke of the double. Once you get it going and once you stagger them That’s all it is So while you’re sitting
in front of the TV man that’s all you’re doing super simple movement that you can do for a long period of time without
getting tired. Traditional grip players the mechanics are way different with
traditional grip and what I’m doing there is I’m holding the stick if you guys have seen my traditional grip tutorial make sure you check it out if you
haven’t seen it I’ll make sure to put it at the end of this one but there’s
that stick position that I keep talking about where you’re sort of resting the
stick up against that middle sort of joint in the thumb there. And there’s a
little bit more happening here, at least when I do it right.
So curling over my index finger a little bit. Stick is nice and firm under that
joint in the thumb. Sitting nice and firm into the cradle as well, like right in
there. And what I’m doing there’s a lot of, well not a lot, but I’m
actually sort of rotating the forearm a little bit and I’m also playing from
the elbow just slightly. Just to help with the up-down movement. And to snap it out it’s kind of different what I’m doing is tapping the first one and actually almost kind of snapping the
stick down in this direction using the thumb Right? so you can see my forearm
is kind of moving a little bit like that still a very comfortable grip, like
there’s no tension in the stick or anything But that’s what I’m doing there and that’s the repetitive movement that you can do if you’re a traditional grip
player. The stick is actually doing most of the work and I’m just kind of moving my forearm from the elbow kind of like this, right? So it’s almost like a
really fast handshake kind of thing. That is super comfortable. I could do
that for an hour wouldn’t bother me Now the important thing to note of course is that when you’re, when we’re sort of over-emphasizing that accent while we’re
practicing this, that’s really sort of just for practice purposes. That’s for
the muscle development process because once you actually learn how to do that
then you’re just sort of going to even them out, you know what I mean? You’re
just sort of going to level them, leveL them out. Once you learn the movement then it’s just a matter of controlling it. Then you can actually make those strokes
sound a lot a lot more even You could also really control your
volume when you’re doing that When you’re kind of over-emphasizing
that accent on the second stroke, after you’ve learned that, then you just
just got to work on straightening them out and sort of even the strokes out.
So that’s it, man. One exercise that will fix your doubles
I swear in a matter of weeks. If you do this, you know, for half an hour a day an
hour a day or whatever, while you’re watching TV, just that simple, simple little movement, that’ll fix your doubles, in no time. So there it is, man. Consider that your prescription. Take two of these, twice a day, call me in three months. Thanks for watching this video! Share it if you dig it. Like, Subscribe, See you next video

100 thoughts on “FIX Your WEAK DOUBLES With ONE EASY EXERCISE!!”

  1. Man, thanks for this video. It really helped me with speed. I started using my middle finger instead of my index and has made a world of difference. Thanks..

  2. Great Video My Brother. Control Each Bounce Speed Will Develope. The Beauty Of Playing Any Rudiment, Or A Drum Pattern Is To Play It Slow So You Can Feel It. Once Again Great Video.

  3. Back in the 60s we read magazines instead of looking at youtube videos and I can recall reading maybe in Downbeat Magazine a drummer comment on the lovely double stroke roll another drummer (that other drummer could have been Joe Morello because Brubeck's "Take Five" helped introduce Joe as a big shot drummer and Morello had a wonderful roll). He commented that he supposed the other drummer was accenting the second beat just a little more. As for me, I was having difficulty "crushing" the roll. I found playing in 3 helped me crush it. Then I went on to the crush roll in 2. I could have used your videos back in the 60s, but then, that was before you were born! Keep up the good work.

  4. Mr. Joe, I hv been working on the double stroke for two years without any success. However, within a half an hour of watching your video it helped me make the double stroke strong and even. Thank you so much. Ps. Thank you Dr. I took my med. 🥁

  5. Hi there , hope you get this well well i'm just learning the rolls. What does each line say 2 lines in a quarter note. Hope explaining right. im loving the videos heaps i am learning a lot.
    just not many explanations on that part of the theory of the lines through the notes.


  6. Thanks Rob!!!! Been playing drums since I was 10, I'm now 45, and this is the first time I've actually understood how a double feels. Can't wait to see what happens with a month of shed time. I'll keep you posted. Your style of teaching resonates with me keep up the great work!

  7. All your videos are a one stop shop for tutorials, perfectly explained and demonstrated.
    Thanks heaps man, really made an immediate difference.

  8. I'm having a hard time speeding it up. I just about got that throw and catch thing down, but speeding it up is proving difficult. With both hands going I'm only at about 25-30 bpm…bleh.

  9. Thanks Rob, I get the "throw and catch" aspect of doubles. The thing I struggle with is when to throw and catch a double and when to "tap tap" the double. You feeling me?

  10. THANK YOU THANK YOU! My singles sound exactly like you shown , HORRIBLE I’m going to work on them! 👍

  11. My drum teacher in high school when i first started…" just play whatever, I've got too much to do." 20 years later, I'm self taught with no finesse, horrible technique and two drumsets i play once or twice a year. Only very recently ive been shown to use the back fingers. It's been better lately and practicing para diddles(yeah, i wasnt taught those either) but it's my awful techniques fighting the "new way" it's destroyed my ability to play at all and with others. Don't get me wrong tho, I've had a great time in those earlier years. But I've always been tired as hell by the end of any song(now i know why) Now i have a long road of forgetting the muscle memory ive trained myself to remember the entire time I've ever been drumming… 😒 it sucks lol

  12. I don't think the discussion about the dominant/weaker hand applies in a lesson about both strokes coming from the SAME hand, but otherwise, top notch information.

  13. Just started learning drums , was confused and stuck while trying to learn double stroke. Thanks for what you shared , I am able to do double stroke now. Really a big thanks!

  14. Would you comment on how a beginner can learn to keep his sticks from banging into each other when not looking at the pad. I have the problem when I am reading something like Stick Control and my eyes are up not down.

  15. It seems to me that he's basically describing push-pull technique using French grip, or something very close.

  16. Hey Rob, thanks for the video man. This is embarrassing but I’ve been playing the drums for about ten years and I just realized that I don’t think I’ve been holding the stick correctly in my left hand and it’s been making my drumming sound kinda sloppy as opposed to drummers that have that nice tight, precise sound. My right hand is by far my dominant hand and my left severely lacks in strength and coordination. I hold the stick properly in my right hand(palm facing inward and stick touching pinky) and have a lot of control. But, my left hand I notice I point my palm downwards and I flare my pinky out like you were talking about. Is there a way to fix this? Or is the was to fix it what you were doing in this vid?

  17. "Take two of these, twice a day, and call me in three months." One of the best Youtube lines ever. :OD And a super-nice guy, too. Thanks for the video.

  18. Thanks a lot Mr Brown for those very effective explainations and teaching… middle finger and traditional left thumb jazz grip… best for practissing…but not in front of tv!

  19. Ok Rob, I've been having trouble with my doubles. Gonna try this thing. I'm going to comment in 4 weeks and report the results

  20. I've found that in order to even them out I practice them individually for sixteen or 32 beats and then drop the count between each hand until you reach the back and forth.

    Example, Right hand sixteen times, left hand sixteen times.

    Right hand eight times, left hand eight times.
    Right hand four times, left hand four times, etc.

  21. Thanks doc! I have become very good at milking cows!

    No seriously, why didn't I think of this? I will definitely try this out on my next practice.

  22. Well…. it's been over a a year (I scrolled down to find my original comment) and I have to say that this is the single best lesson I've ever seen for developing technique.. I have been doing variants of this drill pretty consistently since initially viewing this video. Especially the idea of keeping that pinky involved. Truth. It's helped me realize (IMO) that true touch and feel, the "business" of making all different drum strokes takes place in those last couple of fingers, not in the fulcrum at the front. I found it helpful to work with a metronome (slowly for the most part) and do the second tap "on" the metronome. RLLR RLLR RLLR RLLR , etc then switch to left hand leading .. Setting the metronome to 7/4 will let you switch that accent from the RH to the LH without changing the overall pattern (I hope that's clear.. try it) Also, I have to take a second to say that most unexpectedly when using brushes, I found that a double stroke (and 6 stroke roll) just magically appeared out of nowhere… all thanks to the pinky. Great stuff as always, Mr. Brown.

  23. Rob, you're a great communicator, very articulate and relatable. And I appreciate your visuals and clear direction. The exercises you offered might give my fingers some magic.

  24. This is helping me more than anything I've seen in a long time! Thank you!! The life hack of practicing technique while watching TV is helping me like crazy, too. You are the best, man!!

  25. Greetings Mr. Brown….. Just want you to know I like your style of teaching/instructing…… Keep doing what you're doing …. It's truly helping me and I'm sure many others to… Peace.. T J

  26. Hi Rob, thanks for your instruction and explanations, I like how you present your information. I’m just seeing your video for the first time, do you have a background in drum corp? Also, you don’t mention Moeller or any other techniques by name, are you using any of them without invoking their names? Thanks and keep up the great work.

  27. Great video! Subscribing to you for sure. As s drummer there are as always things to work on with technique and speed ect.

  28. I played drums starting at age 12. Took lessons, played with rock pros, even played drums for several live bands over a decade…nevertheless, NEVER heard of rudiments until well into my 20s! I feel like I was robbed of a huge skill set, but I’m now using the basic rudiments.

  29. Excellent video, man. Excellent. Crystal clear, laid back, easy to absorb/comprehend information. Love how you lay this down, in words and examples. Thanks for helping us all execute this double stroke clean up.

  30. Rob, pound for pound, I think this is one of the best lessons the internet has to offer. I’ve always thought my doubles were really good, and I was just watching because, we’ll, it’s you, but I realized I was doing exactly what you said players do. Guilty as charged! Keep up the awesome work!

  31. I just started drum lessons today and I'm getting super excited about learning a new instrument! Finding your channel will help me immensely thank you so much!!

  32. Been a violinist for almost 2 decades and decided to pick up some sticks and pad for fun last week. It's so humbling starting from the bottom again. I'll definitely check out out the rest of your videos! Thanks for the great content! Also, if anyone knows – I chipped one of the tips of the stick. Is that a deal breaker or still OK to practice with?

  33. I never subscribe to anyone but ive been trying to fix my doubles for years and this video his helping me a lot. So you’ve earned it.

  34. It depends what music someone plays. Maybe didn't use it never so why is so important and not only one of the parts of totaly daily exercise??

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