One of the most popular posts on this blog is 9 Exercises To Build Bass Drum Double Strokes. I wrote that page of exercises a few years back in order to help give some structure to drummers who are working on doubles with one bass drum.
To follow up with some more exercises, I put together a new worksheet that has 9 two measure phrases. The focus is on doubles with the bass drum in a more musical way. These stray from the usual “two” and “four” on the snare drum rather quickly, but I think you’ll find the phrases interesting. The ideas here come from applying the jazz drumming concept of comping and over-the-bar-line phrasing to 16th note funk/rock playing.
I hope you find it helpful….you may develop some new phrasing ideas in addition to getting your bass drum double strokes together.
Please feel free to comment or otherwise let me know what you think.
Here’s the worksheet: 9 more exercises to build bass drum double strokes PDF
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Geoff Gill says
love it. one i work a fair amount is a 2 note BD hemiola under “what is hip” type Garibaldi hands (dashes are rests): 1e-a 2-&a -e&- 4e-a | etc (re-starts ever 3 beats). a 1 bar loop works well also where you just hit 4 then start over at 1e. try it at bpm = 125. or at 70 w/ the notes as 32nds. 😀
Ha! I love that one. In fact, I have it written out in the previous post to this one, “9 Exercises to Build Bass Drum Double Strokes.” Thanks for sharing, Geoff….as always.