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  • christ, I suck at double bass

    What are the best exercizes to do to improve my double bass drumming to where I can do constant 16th notes or whatever, that is comonly found in metal. Like so:

    (sorry about the bad spacing, but you get the point)
    H-x-------x--------x--------x-------
    S-o-------o--------o-------o-------
    B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

    I just want to improve my precision, endurance ect. not that I have any anyways... heh heh..

    got any tips, exercizes, websites, videos, put downs, anything?
    I'm sure this question has been asked plenty here.

    either way, thanks for your help.
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    Forget the freak, your just nature.
    Keep the gun oiled, and the temple cleaned **************** snort,
    and blaspheme, let the heads cool, and the engine run.
    Because in the end, everything we do, is just everything we’ve done.

  • #2
    i run a lot, and ride a bike a lot. up hills are the best.
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    • #3
      Do you play basketball or football? Do you know that defensive drill in basketball where you're in the defensive stance you have to keep sort of running in place? I don't play drums but I bet that would help.

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      • #4
        Tighten your pedalsprings and play heel down. (I say this so much, I should put it in my freaking signature!)

        It's going to take you a while to build your feet. Don't expect to be double kicking like a pro in 3 weeks, because it's not gonna happen. ALl good things to those who wait and PRACTICE.
        The worst thing in the world is somebody who has the desire to do something, but lacks the discipline to practice.

        You need to strengthen your feet and legs. Doing this while repteating the exercise that you posted, will build your playing twice as fast as if you played with loose springs. Once your feet are strong, you will then be able to loosen your springs.


        Paradiddle.
        RLRL LRLR RLRL LRLR
        DoubleParadiddle.
        RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL
        Combination of the two.
        RLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLL


        Hopefully, this will help some.
        Tim

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        • #5
          Paradiddles.

          I found that when I was starting out in double bass drumming, I was more successful at "feeling" it than counting it, if you know what I mean. Shuffle beats, for instance, came alot easier than a straight 4/4 did.

          I realized how much I leaned on my hi-hat pedal to "anchor" myself all those years with a single bass kit, too.

          Balance yourself with good posture, and practice the simple rudiments slowly, etc. just like you did when you spent all those countless hours working on your snare drum stick control.

          You've got to get your left side muscles used to the idea also, so don't try to progress faster than your legs can handle.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by guitarizt
            I don't play drums but I bet that would help.


            What do you mean, you don't play drums? I'd heard you got a great set of Rockstar's!

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            • #7
              about that paradiddle, I dont get the whole LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR thing, I mean, are you doing the L then R then a double stroke on the RR? or is it just four single strokes, as in L R L L, in other words... is the LRLL RLRR paradiddle a total of 8 beats or 6? if that makes ANY sense what so ever...

              I already have my pedals pretty tight, I believe as tight as they can go, but I mainly play heel up now, I'm taking it that if I'm going to be doing fast double bass, I'm doing it heel down right? you said I should build up my heel down playing muscles.
              remember: you’re a wreck, an accident.
              Forget the freak, your just nature.
              Keep the gun oiled, and the temple cleaned **************** snort,
              and blaspheme, let the heads cool, and the engine run.
              Because in the end, everything we do, is just everything we’ve done.

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              • #8
                1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
                L R L L R L R R

                Or more precisely, Eighth notes over four beats. Consider taking at least a few lessons to get the math down.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WorshipMetallica
                  about that paradiddle, I dont get the whole LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR thing, I mean, are you doing the L then R then a double stroke on the RR? or is it just four single strokes, as in L R L L, in other words... is the LRLL RLRR paradiddle a total of 8 beats or 6? if that makes ANY sense what so ever...

                  I already have my pedals pretty tight, I believe as tight as they can go, but I mainly play heel up now, I'm taking it that if I'm going to be doing fast double bass, I'm doing it heel down right? you said I should build up my heel down playing muscles.


                  its just four....just like when you first learned on the snare, except its on the bass drums. left right left left right left right right ...that, and just practice songs you like that have it in it. obviously you're a met fan, heh...try the double bass triplets in horsemen, play it slow and perfect, and work on speed. if you're into slayer, just pick up reign in blood and play angel of death till you can't feel your legs anymore
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kingnome


                    What do you mean, you don't play drums? I'd heard you got a great set of Rockstar's!


                    I paid for them on friday but they have to be shipped from alabama to michigan. At least I think it was alabama. And I don't have any cymbals or even a pair of sticks yet, lol. I'm going on vacation august 3 for a week so I won't get a chance to really start to learn to play until mid august.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by guitarizt
                      And I don't have any cymbals or even a pair of sticks yet, lol.


                      I've known one or two drummers who've showed up at GIGS in your condition !

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kingnome


                        I've known one or two drummers who've showed up at GIGS in your condition !


                        They don't deserve to play drums! There should be a penalty for such a thing. If I were king I would compensate their drumsets.

                        Seriously does anyone have a pair of good sticks I can have? =)
                        Should I just get the cheap ones that guitar center sells bulk in 10 pairs? What should I get?

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                        • #13
                          I also have seen this, I hate lending equipment, but when drummers ask to borrow sticks, thats just pathetic

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dave_noosence
                            I also have seen this, I hate lending equipment, but when drummers ask to borrow sticks, thats just pathetic



                            I'm not a drummer yet I'm still a guitarizt. =)
                            I doubt anyone's gonna give me any but what are some good ones to get? I just don't like buying stuff from guitar center and all those chain stores. My local stores aren't really into drums. Could I just send someone a 5 in the mail for a pair of good sticks?

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                            • #15
                              Just buy a pair of sticks you are comfortable with. It's not brain surgery. I would suggest the 5A size. I use promark new generation sticks with nylon tips. I love them. They almost never break. Oak sticks will last longer than hickory, but they are also heavier. Just try a few pairs out on a snare or practice pad at guitar center and buy them. Problem solved. Buy a few pairs, cuz you are going to break them, especially early on.

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