Henrique De Almeida: Double Bass Drum Integration for the Jazz/Fusion Drummer
Are you a drummer who is interested in double bass, but not really interested in heavy metal? If so, look no further - you have found your book for double bass drumming.
Almeida's book covers both the 'basics' and advanced concepts for double bass drum playing in fusion music. Whether you're just starting out or have been playing for a long time, you're bound to find some gems inside this book.
Starting with the common topic of duple feel (16th and 32nd notes) along with triplets, the drummer can establish a solid foundation of continuous single strokes from the start. Of course, this kind of material is very common, but this set of exercises is just as good as any. Once this ground work is in place, it's easy to move onto the bursts, which can be played faster. These bursts are very useful in jazz fusion music.
Later, the book covers hand/foot patterns, hand/foot rolls, and 'power fills'. Each of these skills is immediately applicable to jazz/fusion music today. Have you ever wondered how to get those thunderous rolls around the kit? This is your guide.
In addition, there are transcriptions of complete etudes which can bring insight regarding how the patterns can be used in music. There is also an audio download code included with the book.
What I love about this book is the focus on jazz/fusion playing. While it's possible to learn from metal drummers, the truth is that the styles are very different. Sure, the underlying basics are the same, but it's hard to develop a vocabulary by replicating heavy rock styles in jazz/fusion. This book is the most direct way to gain the skills needed for jazz/fusion double bass drum playing.
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