View Full Version : The Official Double Bass Rudiments Thread

07-02-2008, 08:21 PM
About every month I see a new thread with people asking the same question..."Does any one have any good bass drum rudiments?" So here! This is taken from Tomas Howie Drumming Web (http://www.drummingweb.com/index.html) and it should help most people looking for good double bass rudiments..

The concept here is simple: exercises intended to help you improve your double-bass skills. Play them at a steady rate, then increase the rate past your comfort zone.

As always, these exercises are meant as a starting point: you are encouraged to develop them further.

Double Bass #1

The first exercise adds ride cymbal and snare drum to our warmup. Play three times, each time starting slow, getting faster until you reach your limit, then pushing past your limit for a count of 60, then slowing down.

Double Bass #2

Now we do triplets. This will have a different feel than Exercise #1. Note the cymbal is now riding quarter notes, not eighth notes. Play as above, three times, slow-to-fast-to-slow.

Double Bass #3

This exercise breaks apart the first exercise a bit. The trick here is to play the two different "tempos" (eighths and sixteenths) evenly, without rushing one or dragging the other. Do as above.

Double Bass #4

Now we begin to break out the triplet exercise. Note the rest in the first triplet. You can make your own exercises here by moving the rest around the measure (see the second example), and adding rests! How may variations can you come up with? Do as above.

Double Bass #5

In this exercise we do the same thing with triplets, adding a couple quarter note rests. Note the footing! Do as above for both exercises: slow-fast-slow, three reps.

Double Bass #6

Now we're going to mess with your head! Note the note values in the bass drum line, as well as the footing. Note also we're riding on the hi-hat: open the hat on the last note! This will mean your hat foot comes up when your right foot goes down (you'll need a hi-hat clutch to do this, because you're going to be shifting your left foot back and forth between hats and bass pedal!). Do as above.

Double Bass #7

This exercise is pure triplets: they're just spaced out a bit. Do as above

Double Bass #8

This exercise combines triplets and sixteenth notes. Try to give them the "tempo" they deserve. Do as above.

EDIT:I know about the dark pictures...I couldn't fix it, sorry...

As always, feel free to develop your own double bass exercises. If you have any cool double bass exercises you want to share with others, drop me a line! And don't forget to drop Ryan a line thanking him for these great exercises. Get out there and ride your bicycle!

I hope everyone reads and likes this post.

-CP :)

07-02-2008, 11:46 PM
This is great stuff, thanks!

07-04-2008, 03:24 AM
Very good thread/idea because this issue does come up alot around the forum.

07-29-2008, 05:01 AM
very helpful stuff thanks alot!:D

07-29-2008, 06:20 PM
Thank you!!! ill be using this for sure :)

Stefan Ray
07-30-2008, 01:49 AM
Awesome thread!!

07-31-2008, 11:42 PM
very helpful.
if anyones looking for more I'd check out the book Double Bass Drumming by tommy franco (i think thats his name) its red and has two old school kicks on the cover

its amazing. some sick beats, it'll last you forever too.

08-06-2008, 07:05 PM
very helpful.
if anyones looking for more I'd check out the book Double Bass Drumming by tommy franco (i think thats his name) its red and has two old school kicks on the cover

its amazing. some sick beats, it'll last you forever too.

Thanks, ill check it out :)

08-06-2008, 10:01 PM
Thanks for the great info!!!!

02-12-2009, 09:33 AM
I also posted this in the general section but it really belongs here (nice thread btw.) Credit to ontherock for transcribing it.



03-31-2009, 11:31 PM
"DOUBLE BASS" joe franco

05-14-2009, 04:43 AM
Great info, thanks.

05-20-2009, 02:08 PM
i need to grow a pair and start doing these to clean up my strokes

06-16-2010, 07:14 PM
This is wonderful, I just got a double pedal set and was going to post a thread asking how to start out! Thanks a bunch

11-10-2010, 06:20 AM
Just what I was looking for. Thank you!

11-19-2010, 06:50 AM
Yes this seems great I can't wait to try it on the kit

01-09-2011, 01:26 AM
I'll have to try...I don't really like using double kick but that's because I never really could get the hang of it, but I'll have to try again :p

Also, Matt Greiner (from "August Burns Red") does a few cool double kick/double bass (whatever you wanna call it) check out "White Washed". Very cool double bass in that.

02-20-2012, 01:22 PM
Thanks man, I really need to practice more, make my strokes more even, etc. This will definitely help!

07-25-2012, 04:41 AM
Bump. Some things maintain their relevance across time. Thanks for the lesson.