Double Stroke Sweep

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

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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  • Sam B says:

    Can some leave the written version please, eg High tom x2 Bass Drum x2 ETC.
    It would help alot thanks 😀

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  • Chris says:

    You are revolucion on teaching please kip doing this video tips

  • JIM iAFETA says:

    Awesome Cobus, Ilove it, thanx cobus and jared.

  • jimmy says:

    cobus is a machine

  • Akande Adegboyega says:

    Hi Jared, I saw some moves on the link. I am praying to Almighty God to meet with you one day. I can see that you are loaded whit allot of drum materials and ideas etc. How can i meet you one on one please i want to be like you too and even be one of the best in the world by the grace of God. Jesus loves you. Shalom!

  • arwin says:

    jared falk(master)your always the best i am from india

    • Mizty says:

      Joey plays his Pearl Joey Jordison signature snare. It sonuds different because the head size is about an inch less(13 ) than what many would consider a normal sized snare drum(14 ). It has a powerful, deep sounding punch to it.

  • arwin says:

    jared falk(master)your always the besttttttttttttttttttttt

    • Muhammad says:

      maybe he could feel them starting to break and didn’t want to ruin the video half way thgoruh. (just a guess.) I’m a drummer so I know what its like to be half way thgoruh a roll and have your stick break on you. Awesome cover of an awesome song by an awesome band though. 10/10 dude.

  • Vincethegreat says:

    Great job! awesome work! 😀

  • Jared Falk says:

    Yeah Real good

  • Jared Falk says:

    I love drums

  • ashane says:

    hey thz z a really nice lesson… like very much.. Thankx jared Thankx cobus… really realy lve u guys….

  • Inch says:

    Nice tut man. Go R.S.A. love how he says flippin!! very southern africa. but who says rad anymore bra? hahahaha keep em coming

  • jose codes says:

    please we would like traslate classes for oversea people-
    Mainly in spanish lenguage.
    Thanks a all the best.

    Jose Codes

  • ALFONSO says:

    Cobus plays double stroke really fast with one hand and his foot, that’s great. But, only a question: where is de advantage if you don´t use the other hand to play something.

    • Brandon says:

      The advantage is simply showmanship like he said in the video. It’s just because it looks really cool when he does it with one arm. It leaves the other arm free to do a stick spin or something else on the kit.

  • Jared Falk says:

    Go go go go go go go Cobus Potgieter cobus method

  • Mathijs says:

    He’s saying you use BB followed by 2 strokes with one hand at 1:40 and 2:00.
    So B B R R B B R R B B R R B B R R

    But at 4:09 you see really clear that he plays:
    R R B B R R B B R R B B R R B B

    Ofc it’s a good exercise to play it both ways but you play something else than cubos.

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