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Showmanship techniques are not an essential aspect of playing drum set. But let’s face it, they are a hell of a lot fun to play and showcase. With that in mind, DrumLessons.com instructors Cobus Potgieter and Jared Falk filmed this video to teach you how to develop a sweet showmanship technique that revolves around the double stroke roll. If you think drum rudiments are boring and useless, you’ll be running to the drum rudiment section on DrumLessons.com even before you’re done watching this free drum lesson. If we’re not right about this, we’ll give you free lifetime access to the remaining free drum lessons featured on this website. We promise!
Cobus’s method for teaching and learning drums is done 100% by ear. It may sound a little scary to learn the content within this free drum lesson totally by ear; but the more you do it, the more it will come natural to you. Training your ears is something that will actually improve your ability to reproduce the drum parts from your favorite songs, as well as your rhythmic sense and musicality when coming up with drum parts for music or improvising on the spot.
Before you tackle this free drum lesson, you have to be well aware of the technical facilities you’ll have to develop beforehand. You’ll have to work on your ability to play a double stroke roll with your hands first. This will enable you to develop a well oiled and consistent sounding double stroke roll.
The double stroke with the foot can be spread between two bass drum pedals at faster speeds. However, you can do the same thing with a single pedal. To do so you’ll have to develop your facilities with either the heel-toe technique or the slide technique. We highly encourage you to follow this last route, since it will do wonders for your overall playing in the long run. Think about it. You’ll be able to play all the cool hi-hat dynamics by keeping one foot on the hi-hat pedal, while you add fast double strokes to your drum beats with the other foot.
If you’re curious about who Cobus Potgieter is and how he plays, check the free live drum lesson “Cobus Potgieter Live #1“. If you more interested in learning a new but cool concept using another one of the drum rudiments, check the free drum lesson The Herta Sweep. To learn about another awesome showmanship technique, check the free drum lesson “One Handed Roll“.
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