GOOD TIMES ON THE BASS DRUM

This lesson is inspired by Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.” John Bonham’s right foot on this song always blows me away every time. He plays a 1/16 note triplet lick as in example A. John Bonham had such a smooth touch and great power in his foot. You hear every note he plays clean…

DOUBLE BASS KILLERS

Here is a page from my double bass book, Ultimate Double Bass. This example is from the workout portion of the book. Here you will be going from 1/16 notes to 1/16 note triplets using various foot patterns. It is very important to start slow and play each exercise for as long as you can. These…

DOUBLE BASS FILL IDEAS – PART 2

This is the second installment of Double Bass Fill Ideas. If you haven’t gone through Part 1 of this series, visit this link > Double Bass Fill Ideas Part 1. Remember to take one basic pattern and play it as many ways as possible. We will start with a basic pattern, keep all the notes…

DOUBLE BASS FILL IDEAS – PART 1

This is a “simple” exercise to expand your double bass vocabulary. I like to take one basic pattern and play it as many ways as possible. We will start with a basic pattern, then I wrote a bunch of different fill ideas to practice it. Keep all the notes clear and even in volume. Start…

DOUBLE BASS BUILDING BLOCKS – PART 2

I hope everyone’s legs are feeling good after Part 1 of this lesson Double Bass Building Blocks – Part 1. If you are practicing this stuff you should be noticing some great results by now. Here is another building block using 1/16 note triplets. Once again, start slow and try one line at a time….

DOUBLE BASS BUILDING BLOCKS – PART 1

Here is an exercise I have been shedding a lot lately. This is designed to help build speed, control and endurance. Start by playing each line twice. Then progress to playing each line 4 and 8 times each. Start at a slow tempo and move slowly up to the faster tempos. Record your max tempos….

POLY-RUDIMENTS

This lesson is actually a warm up I do before a show, but it can also be a very effective practice routine during those days where you know you won’t get a ton of time to practice and still want to feel like you challenged yourself in some way. I am calling this routine poly-rudiments,…

DEVELOPING THE DOUBLE STROKE ROLL WITH YOUR FEET PART 3

“Repetition is the mother of learning” therefore yet again,  I still don’t think we, as drummers, take practicing our feet as seriously as we should.  I hope you’ve had enough time to practice all the exercises from Part 1 and Part 2. This is the third time we are getting together to tackle the uneasy task of making…

DEVELOPING THE DOUBLE STROKE ROLL WITH YOUR FEET – PART 2

As drummers, we usually don’t take practicing our feet as seriously as we should. Having said that I hope you’ve had enough time to practice all the exercises from Part 1. If you haven’t, click here to get a refresher.  As I mentioned last time I have developed them to help your feet get more comfortable with…

DEVELOPING DOUBLE STROKE ROLL WITH FEET – PART 1

by Libor Hadrava As drummers, we usually don’t take practicing our feet as seriously as we should. I have developed several exercises that will help your feet get more comfortable with tasks that are second nature to your hands. It is possible to train your feet to be as skillful as your feet. They could…