Double Bass Drumming Explained - Concepts and Methods for Double Bass Junkies
Double bass drumming is a skill utilized by many drummers today. From basement punk bands to cutting-edge jazz fusion performances, double bass drumming is now a common requirement in many musical situations.
It's no coincidence, then, that so many great books have been published on double bass drumming. If you're looking for drills and exercises to improve your phrasing and technical capacity on the double pedal, we all know that there is an abundance of material available today.
However, even with so many great books and videos, there has been a hole in the literature - up until now. Double Bass Drumming Explained, by Ryan Bloom, explores this art form in a conversational way. Rather than focusing on exercises, the book is dedicated to explaining the mechanics, techniques, equipment, methodologies, and psychology of playing the double bass drum.
You can find the ebook at Ryan Bloom's site, Double Bass Drumming Explained.
Second, understanding the mechanics of the instruments is extremely important. Sure, many drummers might dive into this a bit in their books and videos. But, usually it's just a few quick pointers, rather than a serious discussion. Double Bass Drumming Explained is the most thorough, detailed look at the mechanics of double bass drum playing available today.
Finally, a serious inspection of double bass drum technique is important because it speeds up the learning curve. Multi-pedal drumming is extremely difficult, and we need every advantage we can get to make the most of our practice time. By utilizing a few key concepts from the book, begining and intermediate players can avoid the pitfalls of learning incorrect technique. For those who have already picked up some bad habits, this is a good chance to take a close look at what these problems are, and how they are affecting your playing. It's surprising how a minor technical change can make double bass drumming more comfortable, more efficient, and faster.
Overall, Double Bass Drumming Explained is a great book. By giving the drummer the proper theoretical foundation, it fills the gap between double bass drum exercises and efficient double bass drum playing.
Once again, you can find the ebook at Ryan Bloom's site, Double Bass Drumming Explained.