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Single & Double Bass Drum Applications
Lesson #20 Sheet Music Included
Featuring Tim Waterson With Jared Falk & Dave Atkinson
Overview & Transcriptions by Hugo “Janado”
Single Bass Development Before learning how to play double bass. So.FreeDrumLessons. your 1 . While practicing these beats. as speed increases you will have to increase the level of control of the beater. Tim Waterson joins us to teach single and double bass drum applications. Tim takes you through some basic single and double bass beats that will spice up your drumming and give you a dynamic edge.com Live Single & Double Bass Drum Applications In this live drum lesson. A way of taking your single bass playing to a whole new level is by trying to play slow to medium double bass patterns with only one foot. Tim noticed that he performed full long full strokes with his foot. which was still a lot of work. Tim started developing this concept by working on the double bass triplet patterns you see before you. and as such. you first should get as good as you can at single bass drumming.
but of practicing the swivel. just to name a few. while the right foot takes care of all the bass drum strokes. This way. since there is nothing wrong in using it as you see fit. As speed increases you can use the heel-toe for double 2 . Hand-To-Feet Combinations One of the most common patterns to play between hands and foot for single bass drum players is the triplet hand-to-foot combination: R L F. feel free to experiment and move your hands around the kit. to play a 16th note hand-to-feet combination: R L F F. John Bonham. This enabled them to keep time with the hihat while doing so. to achieve some cool double bass drum patterns and rolls. These grooves are a great way of not only practicing your single foot single strokes. you can start thinking about dropping some extra notes with your left foot. which sometimes may hinder the band’s time sense. The next pattern takes the two hand-to-feet combinations we have seen so far. As you develop your single foot speed and control. This sequence starts with the triplet hand-to-foot combination and is followed by the 16th note hand-to-foot combination. just like the ones you saw on the previous page. Ian Paice and Carl Palmer. but with only one bass drum pedal. Although being showed with the hands playing on the snare. which was teached on the previous lesson. The first two beats are the first two measures of the last patterns shown and are played with your right foot. This section is more about showing different approaches to common double bass drum playing. Some double bass players do the exact same thing but add an extra bass note with the second pedal. The great problem of playing this pattern with a double pedal is leaving the hi-hat unused. Great legends like Buddy Rich. The remaining beats are some ideas you can use to start adding some notes with your left foot. and adds the hi-hat pedal to them. Try moving your hands around the kit with this one also. could play this exact same pattern by using only one pedal.Lesson #20 – Single & Double Bass Drum Applications technique will have to change with it. How to Avoid Misusing the Double Pedal The idea behind this isn’t to tell you to not use the double bass. just like Tim did in the live lesson. we hope to make you start thinking a little outside of the box. You can perform this pattern with a double pedal but you don’t really have to.
You start by playing quarter notes on the snare. by pressing the pedal down on 2. which makes playing with him a whole lot easier for any band. On the second measure. interchanging between that and the double bass hand-to-feet combination. Keeping Time With the Hi-Hat Pedal Although being a great double bass player. After you can play these grooves as they are. Next. The next grooves will help you to feel the difference it makes to add the hihat pedal to your playing. you keep playing the same patterns with the right hand on the ride and the bass drum pedal. in comparison with only using the double bass pedal with your feet. the snare drum is on the A of 1. In this measure you start using the hi-hat foot. These grooves are also great for practicing the swivel. and 16th notes with the bass drum pedal. 3 and 4. whether in keeping time or in grooving it up with the foot-splash. as a way to spice up your double pedal fills. the A of 3 and the AND of 4. This enables him to keep time with the hi-hat pedal. as this will enable you to have a clearer notion of how much of a difference the hi-hat makes to the beats. the AND of 2. You can also use this idea of playing a double stroke with one foot while keeping time on the hi-hat. The last measure of this pattern is an extension of the third. Adding the hi-hat pedal makes everything sound more musical. try playing them with a double pedal. once you get to higher tempos. 3 . instead of playing all four quarter notes on the snare.com Live stroking with only one foot. 3 and 4 and by playing the foot splash on the ANDs of 2. 8th notes on the ride. one on the A of 3 and one on the AND of 4.FreeDrumLessons. Tim tries to do everything with only one pedal. you play the first three and then add two extra hits. especially when playing at slow tempos for double bass drumming. This technique is teached on two live lessons: #2 and #19.
They would then add extra hits with the right foot to create some double bass grooves. they just naturally switched to the left bass drum pedal to do exactly the same. instead of using the hi-hat. you keep a pulse for the band to follow and at the same time play double bass patterns. this will give you a better feel for how these types of ideas can work. would keep time with their left foot on a bass drum pedal. These last three grooves show the transitions between keeping time using only the hi-hat foot pedal. This way. Since they were used to doing that on the hi-hat pedal. A lot of the old school double bass players. Try transitioning from one groove to the other. 4 . but on a bass drum pedal. Since the hi-hat is free.Lesson #20 – Single & Double Bass Drum Applications Implementing Double Bass Into Your Playing Keeping Time With the Hi-Hat and Bass Drum Pedals Single bass drummers can use the hi-hat pedal as a way of keeping the pulse of song going strong. you could put your foot in between the two pedals and play them at the same time. and you are still keeping time with the left foot. like Carmine Appice. You can also use this concept in conjunction with the heel-toe technique to come up with some cool grooves like this next one. keeping time with the left bass drum pedal and playing the two pedals at the same time.
Here you have some of the patterns he played during the live lessons.FreeDrumLessons. Double Bass Beats Using the Heel-Toe Technique For those who want to play double bass rolls. instead of playing the left bass drum and hi-hat pedal at the same time. by playing one note on bass drum followed by two on the hihat pedal. Tim introduced some ideas that enable you to spice up a roll using the heel-toe technique. On the next two measures we shake things up by keeping time. Now. In the first two measures you keep time by playing 8th notes between the left bass drum and hi-hat pedals. In the last pattern you play a single paradiddle between the left foot pedals. we will use different combinations between them to achieve some interesting ideas.com Live Multi-Pedal Orchestration Another great and different way of approaching double bass drumming comes in the form of multi-pedal orchestration. 5 .
whether performing the up or the down strokes. As for playing fast doubles while in this position. by all means go for it. enabling you to really work out your leg. Heel-Down Playing For acquiring speed with heel-down playing you have to learn how to control the beater. When you practice you foot technique on the floor. you can use your toes to do so. Tim uses a lot of rudiments in his bass drum playing. They have a compression spring that you push down when pressing down on the pedal.Lesson #20 – Single & Double Bass Drum Applications Tips on Speed and Control Speed The higher you crank the spring tension on your pedals the harder your legs will have to work for each stroke. So if you want to practice rudiments with the feet. the quicker they will achieve a greater level of conditioning that will enable greater speed. For instance. Practicing Without Pedals Tim uses the HansenFutz pedals to practice when he’s at home. Rudiments Playing rudiments with the feet will definitely increase the level of control you have over your bass drum pedals. Remember to always play relaxed even when having the springs at a higher level of tension. and as such. You can listen to him playing the seven stroke roll on some of the solos. the up stroke is the only movement that is 6 . The spring will in turn push your foot back up.
since the down stroke is a result of gravity.com Live making your leg work. So with this pedal. you have a really complete training for your legs.FreeDrumLessons. 7 .
com Live Broadcast Single & Double Bass Applications by Tim Waterson 1) Double Bass Pattern for a Single Pedal (0:09:18s) 3 3 3 3 y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 3 3 y œ 3 y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 3 y œ y y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ y œ 2) Double Bass Pattern for a Single Pedal.Licensed For Personal Use Only 1 . Inc.All Rights Reserved . Dropping Notes With the Second Pedal (0:11:23s) 3 3 3 3 y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 3 3 3 y œ y y y œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 3 3 3 y œ y y œ œœœœœœœ 3 3 3 3 y y œ œœœœœœœ y œ 3 3 y y y œ œœœœœœœœœœœœœ 3 3 3 3 y œ y y y œ œœœœœœœœœœœœœ 3 3 y y y œ œœœœœœœœœœœœœ 3 3 3 3 y œ y y œ œœœœœœœ y y œ œœœœœœœ y y y œ œœœœœœœœœœœœœ y œ FreeDrumLessons.2010 Railroad Media.com . .Copyright © 2007.FreeDrumLessons.
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