Rock ‘N’ Jazz Clinic
Double Bass Fills
Overlapping Into the Next Phase, Part 1
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.Now mix the groupings together to create a one- or two-bar phrase of 16th notes.
Now let’s try some five- and seven-note groupings.
Here are some ideas that incorporate the fives and sevens with the other groupings.
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.