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Rock & Jazz Clinic: Double Bass Fills, Part 1

Powell Randolph

Powell Randolph
photo by Eddie Williams

June 2013

Rock & Jazz Clinic

Double-Bass Fills

Overlapping Into the Next Phrase

by Powell Randolph

The purpose of this lesson is to show you how to overlap bass drum notes at the end of a phrase into a crash at the beginning of the next phrase, in order to maintain a continuous flow of ideas throughout the measure. To begin, practice each of the following phrase fragments until you’re very comfortable with them.


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Now mix the groupings together to create a one- or two-bar phrase of 16th notes.


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Now let’s try some five- and seven-note groupings.


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Here are some ideas that incorporate the fives and sevens with the other groupings.


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Powell Randolph is a drum teacher at Alpha Music in Virginia Beach and a touring drummer for Windborne Music Productions, which puts together rock shows with major orchestras across North America. For more info, visit powellrandolph.com.

 

Be sure to check out the complete article in the June 2013 issue of Modern Drummer for additional exercises and insight.

 

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