Rudiments on Double Pedal

April 19, 2011 2:37 am in Drumset, Marching by Claus Hessler

Transferring rudiments from the hands to the feet is basically nothing really new. A real challenge however can be to work on rudimental passages that also contain double strokes. In the following clip I am trying to transfer a passage from a Basle Drumming tune called “Dr Winschdi” from hands to feet. Under the rudiments used here you’ll find flammed 5 stroke rolls, inverted flam taps, double drag taps and some more Swiss style reveille strokes etc. Although I am not a traditional Basle Drummer I try to fake some of the typical phrasing with my hands and feet as well.



“Dr Winschdi” was written in 1948 by Dr. Fritz Berger and the name relates to Winston Churchill; the notation of the piece was even given to himself in May 1948. The tune can be found in BASLER TROMMELMÄRSCHE Band 1 and I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to polish rudiments from a different point of view. To say it with Churchill’s words; there really has been some “blood, toil, sweat and tears” until things  got into a stage where this seemed to sound like something – but it was definitely worth the effort.

In the clip you also see one of the exercises that I use to point out parallels between hands and feet. For the double-stroke action the first and third bar of the exercise transferred from hands to feet are the key experience. The complete four measure loop is simply just a nice thing because you see so much of the parallels and you’ll feel how a rocking heel/toe motion and the heels down and heels up position really work together.

The two exercises in quintuplets simply have the advantage that many Swiss Rudiments can be traced back to some kind of triplet shape plus the sticking always changes so you are leading with both hands. Feel free to contact me for any questions you might have and enjoy the journey!