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Build Your Double Bass Drum Chops
In Part 1 of Build Your Double Bass Chops (see Sidebar) I gave you some exercises to develop your feet first, followed by hands against feet. In this segment I share some advanced exercises from my book, DoubleDrum: A Double Bass Drum Text. These exercises make great four-way coordination and independence studies for the single Bass Drummer too, simply by substituting the Hi-Hat in place of the second Bass Drum.
Play each exercise slowly at first. After you can play each exercise cleanly and evenly, increase the speed. Try to be as relaxed when playing your feet as you are with your hands. If your hands are not relaxed, see my Building Monster Chops lesson series (in the Sidebar).
In Excerpt 3 above, the cymbal is playing a straight swing pattern for practice purposes. In actual use, you should vary the cymbal pattern as you would when playing any Jazz tune.
Excerpt 6 is an example of playing a 2 bar ostinato (repeating) pattern on the Double Bass, against changing rhythms in the hands.
In Excerpt 7, both the Double Bass and the left hand Snare Drum patterns repeat against a varying right hand part. Practice this one while playing the right hand on various drums around the set.
When it comes to applying a second Bass Drum, creativity is the key word. Chops alone mean nothing if what you play doesn't sound good and, more important, doesn't fit the context of the song.
Experiment with my exercises and try to develop some of your own. Eventually, you will develop a style of Double Bass drumming that you can call your own. And that's where the fun really begins.
Note: All exercises in this article are from my book, DoubleDrum: A Double Bass Drum Text.
Until next time: Stay loose.
Click the following link for Building Your Double Bass Drum Chops: Part 1!
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