Double bass drum techniques have increased the repertoire of drummers, both in playing beats and soloing. Here are some ideas which can give a player with a single bass drum setup the opportunity to effect double bass drum sounds.
By alternating between the floor tom and bass drum, a drummer can play 16th-note patterns such as these:
Now, let’s incorporate these rhythms in beats. The following exercises are to be played with left-hand lead on the hi-hat, and the right hand moving between the floor tom and snare. Make sure that the right hand makes a strong accent on beats 2 and 4. (Left- handed drummers will reverse the hands.)
In the following example, the left hand moves between open and closed hi-hat and snare, while the right hand and foot play continuous 16ths.
The next two beats are shuffles. In the first, the left hand plays quarter notes on the hi-hat, while in the second, it moves between the hi-hat and snare.
The following examples are odd-meter beats.
The same concept can be applied to soloing, as in this two-bar example, in which the left hand moves between the snare and the high tom.
These examples demonstrate that, with a little imagination, drummers with smaller kits can simulate double bass drums, thereby adding additional color and excitement to their playing.
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