Double Bass Drumming Explained
Thanks to my deal with Hudson Music, a digital ebook version of The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained edition is now available here:
All the great content in a portable digital format for all of your devices!
The paper edition The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained – The Reference and The Workbook is also available. A tangible copy of the most practical and applicable double bass book yet published. This edition is printed in large 8.5″ x 11″ format to blend in perfectly with your existing method book collection.
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Pro Drum Blog says:
“Double Bass Drumming Explained is the most thorough, detailed look at the mechanics of double bass drum playing available today. By utilizing a few key concepts from the book … players can avoid the pitfalls of learning incorrect technique. It’s surprising how a minor technical change can make double bass drumming more comfortable, more efficient, and faster.”
Read the full review at ProDrumBlog.com
Mark Goodin, Instructor at the Nevada Music Academy and drummer for Mark Slaughter, says:
“The technical explanations in this guide are awesome!!!”
Joel Rothman, noted drum book author and publisher, says:
“I’ve looked both books over carefully, and I have to say I am really impressed. They are the clearest and best books I’ve seen on the topic, and anyone interested in double bass drum playing would benefit greatly from each of them.”
Here are a few comments from actual customers of the original ebooks:
“I’m thoroughly impressed. Nobody out there explained everything quite like you did. Thank you so much for bringing this knowledge into one place.”
“It [has] good information in it, and I believe it is a very handy little guide.”
“I am a drummer since 1991, but I’ve never found a so-well-done explanation for bass drum technique. Great Job Man!”
“the author pays acute attention to bass drum playing details which are usually not presented in the well-known publications and video tutorials. It is a useful and extensive guide.”
“You’ve filled a hole that needed filling – keep up the good work, man!”
The Original ebooks: If you don’t want an actual physical paper copy, or the expanded content, purchase below. These will work on most devices such as tablets, phones, and ereaders. Both of these books are contained within the above Complete version.
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Part 1 – A Comprehensive Reference on the Art and Science of Double Bass $3.99
This ebook should be required reading for anyone interested in learning to play double bass or looking to improve their current double bass skills. Before beginning any double bass practice routine it is essential to learn the proper techniques and equipment adjustments.
Verbal explanations of every essential technique and over 25 pictures, diagrams, and musical examples. It is exactly what most drummers need. Short of buying an expensive dvd (compared to this everything is expensive), or practicing bytrial end error for many years, there is no better way to gain an
understanding of the fundamentals of double pedal drumming. Included you will find a detailed analysis of such techniques as: heel-up, heel-down, floating/flatfoot, swivel, heel-toe, and slide. Also included are a wide range of double kick topics
including drum kit setup, pedal adjustments, head selection and tuning, drumming anatomy, and more. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any other widely available double bass workbook on the market today, with the exception that this book should have been included as the first chapter. Without the most basic explanation of what to do and why, other books are only giving you half the education you need.
Part 2 – The Workbook $2.99
The second part in the Double Bass Drumming Explained series, The Workbook offers 300 different beats, exercises, grooves, and patterns to allow you to expand and improve the knowledge you gained in the first book. The Reference was never designed to be a method book, but instead a compendium of all of the technical knowledge needed to play double bass outside of the notes. Readers, however, responded with calls for more notes. Here are the notes.
Pro Drum Blog says: “If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, 100% practical book on double bass drumming, look no further. This workbook is the most straight-forward way to build proficiency in musical bass drumming I’ve seen.” Read the full review at ProDrumBlog.com
Notated exercises in this book feature a wide vaiety of note demoninations and groupings, a much larger collection of blast beats, odd time signatures, warm up and coordination exercises, and playable grooves that can be used in real-life musical situations. While this book does contain some material for the sake of pure practice, it also inlcudes beats from my own double bass playing as well as many inspired by the playing of other notable double bass drummers. This collection of practice material is designed to complement the techniques and equipment adjustments from the first book and will help you reach a level of compentency that is based on how double bass is used in modern music. It isn’t desinged simply to give you a workout for the sake of your “overall independence” or to make your left foot exactly as strong as your right. I have recommended other method books in the past, and I continue to use them in the present. The classic double bass method books are still very useful, but my book differs in that it focuses on the development of a double bass style that is actually used by double bass drummers in the 21st century.