It's been a while since we looked closely at some footwork technique so I thought it would be fun to revisit the redoble.
The redoble is a step made up of four sounds (in this case four golpes) that are performed over two counts.
It starts with a beat on the first count 1, has two beats before the next count 'and a' and finishes on the second count 2.
You could count it as '1 and a 2' for example.
Take a look at this video for the basic step on each leg.
A funny thing happened when I was editing this video, I noticed I was making a mistake when I did the redoble on the left leg.
Instead of performing the step with four even sounding golpes, the second sound - the 'and' beat - I was doing as a tacón!
Yikes! This is not good.
I went back out and experimented for a while and noticed that when I paid attention to where I was holding my weight I could make better use of my whole foot.
I should let you know that I am doing some strength training at the moment to try and fix imbalances between my left and right legs, so my footwork is going to be a bit changeable for a while. I'll keep you updated on any wondrous changes though.
Anyway, I made a video for you that points out this flaw so you can see if you do it too. I recommend recording yourself from time to time, it is a very useful tool to see what you need to work on technique wise.
I haven't fully corrected this problem yet, but now I am aware of it it is something I will work on.
Finally, in the video below you have a footwork combination which includes redobles for you to practice including them in phrases of footwork.
The exercise is for a 12 beat rhythm and starts on count 12.
You might find this a bit tricky if you are a beginner - if you are just stick to practicing the redoble by itself for a while.