Double Bass Workout
Part 1: 16th-Note, Sextuplet, and 32nd-Note Fills
by Todd Vinciguerra
In this next group of exercises, we’re playing sextuplet variations with the hands. Feel free to orchestrate the snare pattern around the toms. I stress to my students to learn the hand patterns inside and out before adding the bass drums, so that incorporating the foot parts will not seem as difficult. Begin by playing all of the crashes with your right hand and all of the snare hits with your left hand. Again, play these patterns as fills in the last measure of a four-bar group. The bass drum patterns should be played as written, as well as leading with the opposite foot. You can also try playing the 32nd notes as double strokes.
Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra is the author of several drum instructional books. His latest, Double Basics: Complete Double Bass Drum Book, is available through Mel Bay. For more info, visit anotherstateofmind.com.