Imitation Fours Using Single Strokes

A beginner double kick lesson using groups of four notes where the feet copy the hands.

In this lesson you will be developing your double kick playing by playing four notes on the hands followed by four on the feet, so the feet will be copying what the hands play. You will start the exercise as quarter notes, then switch to eighth notes and finally sixteenth notes. The aim here is to build up your foot speed and co ordination so you can throw in short bursts of double kick into grooves and fills.

When playing these exercises make sure your left foot is playing at the same volume as the right. Because this is generally your weaker foot it may need some attention.


Quarter Note Exercise

First of all play four quarter notes on the hands as a single stroke roll. Follow this with four quarter notes on the feet using the same 'sticking' idea. So you'll play: Right Hand, Left Hand, Right Hand, Left Hand, Right Foot, Left Foot, Right Foot, Left Foot. That looks like this:

The quarter note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 160bpm.

Eighth Note Exercise

Next you are going to take the same exercise and double all note values. The only difference here is how you count the exercise and the speed you play it at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Quarter Notes To Eighth Notes

Before progressing to the sixteenth note exercise try playing the quarter note exercise followed by the eighth note exercise. This is a great way to try and push the speed of the eighth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 150bpm.

Sixteenth Notes

In the final exercise you will take the same concept again but apply it to groups of sixteenth notes. As with the previous exercise, the only thing that is changing is how you count the notes and the speed you play them at.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 120bpm.

Eighth Notes To Sixteenth Notes

I'll finish this lesson with an exercise where the first bar is played as the eighth note exercise and the second bar is the sixteenth note exercise played twice. As with the crotchet to quaver exercise, this is a great way to try and push the tempo of your sixteenth notes.

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.