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Double Bass Workout

Part 2: Grooves

by Todd Vinciguerra

In this lesson we’ll explore some challenging yet practical double bass grooves. We’re mixing 16th notes, 16th-note triplets, 32nd notes, and 32nd-note triplets. Remember to always practice to a metronome or click track. Start off slowly and master each pattern before increasing the speed.To take the exercises a step further, try turning them into two-, three-, or four-bar phrases. Also try mixing up the hi-hat pattern to include quarter notes, 8ths, 16ths, and combinations of all three. The bass drum patterns can be played different ways by switching up the lead foot or by using double strokes with either foot.

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You can enhance the grooves by using different snare patterns. Experiment and have fun!

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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