Building Bass Drum Technique – Strength, Speed, Endurance and Control for Single Bass Drum Players



This book from Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi will help drummers using a traditional single bass set-up attain the most effective and efficient results from their playing.


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Building Bass Drum Technique has been written for single bass drum players who wish to devel­op a greater level of bass drum foot strength, speed, endurance, and control.

Though many of today’s drummers have opted for double bass drums and double bass ped­als, an equally large number have remained with the traditional single bass drum setup. Development of the foot on a single bass drum can present quite a different challenge from dou­ble bass drums or double pedals. This book has been written to help the single bass drum play­er attain the most effective and efficient results.

Building Bass Drum Technique is designed in a very simple, methodical manner. The book’s eight sections offer bass drum development exercises using 8th notes, triplets, two common 16th-note figures, straight 16th notes, 16th-note triplets, and 32nd notes.

Each section of the book is divided into five parts. Part 1 presents a speed and endurance program with an accompanying progress chart. Part 2 is a study in the use of accents with the foot. Part 3 offers a solo using bass drum alone. In Part 4 a selection of hand and foot patterns helps to further develop bass drum speed, control, and hand/foot coordination. Part 5 is a sum­mary of the entire section with a solo that further enhances the hand and foot reflex action.

Finally, in the last section of the book, five challenging solos are presented using combinations of the previously studied material.

Additional information

Weight 0.96875 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 12 in

Digital, Print

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