by David Garibaldi
You learn simply from playing with other musicians and thereby determine what works and what doesn’t. This of course, takes time, so relax and enjoy. Being masterful at anything generally requires huge amounts of diligent study combined with practical application.
Much of today’s contemporary music has a very strong quarter note pulse. The following examples are hand patterns that go over quarter notes on the bass drum. The bass may be used in the following manner: (1,2,3,4), (1 & 3) or (2 & 4). Practice with a metronome beginning at mm. 96. Remember to play the unaccented notes much softer than the accented notes.