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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Drummer Publications (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634014676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634014673
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book for drummers willing to develop double bass skills.
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It starts very simple and would be good for anyone learning.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
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I've worked through just about every other double bass drum book out there and, although the exercises were interesting from a coordination/conditioning standpoint, they did not prepare me to actually play double bass drum patterns in a musical context. I was about to write my own book with exercises I'd developed but then found this book. I thank the authors for saving me the trouble! If you're interested in building double bass drum chops and only want to buy one book...this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By smudgedlens on December 13, 2007
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This book is a superb, and very structured approach to double bass. It keeps the hand stuff simple (for the most part), so you can focus on your feet. The progression in difficulty of the exercises is well-suited to any double bass new-comer - up until the last couple sections, where it curves upwards exponentially into odd-groupings and some tight, technical, exchanges between the handsies and feetsies, which might leave you scratching your head with the bead of your drumstick.

A word of warning: Double bass precision and speed can't be developed overnight (Really? Thanks for the heads up). Don't rush through the exercises at the beginning of the book. As simple as they may seem, they provide an excellent opportunity to develop chops and stamina (at least with standard 16th notes. The early exercises don't touch on 16th note triplets, which, of course, are awesome, and about as metal as it gets).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Nicks on January 9, 2007
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Great Price. Very educational. Lots of exercises to work on. Would have been nice if it came with a CD so you could hear how the really complicated ones go. Anyway, Great buy. No problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thiago Aquino on April 17, 2009
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This is an excellent book for drummers willing to develop double bass skills. It focuses on creative use of double bass: all of its excercises are very musical, and they will give you tons of ideas to work on and try someting different from the "never-ending-16th-notes-on-the-feet-plus-snare-drum-on-2-and-4". It is one of those books you feel like playing from the beginning to the end, without skipping parts. That said, I would like to discuss a few aspects of the content:

First, I really like the discography and the double bass time line at the final pages - and to be honest, those are the only "encyclopedic" parts of the book... They helped me discover the great work of some guys I wasn't aware of, especially those pioneers.

Second, for the first sections, the authors propose that you play every 2nd and 4th sixteenths with the left foot, even if the right foot is not also playing - the result is something like dividing a one-bass funk beat between the two feet... I must say I find it a little strange. I believe it could be interesting for someone with two bass drums (and perhaps using different tunings), but for double pedal users - like me - it is not as much the case. Still, it is worth a try.

Also, the cross-rhythm section at the end of the book is quite difficult, but really worth it: work through it patiently and you will notice your coordination going on to the next level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave on January 3, 2007
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Can this book get any better? So many great fills and great beats, that by the time your done with this book, you'll be able to make a bible of double bass beats and fills. I truly recommend you to get this book! This book will teach you triplet feels, eights, sixteens, thirty-seconds, sexlets, and more! THis book is perfect for beginners and intermediate drummers willing to be a GREAT double bass user.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saulsb9 on July 25, 2013
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Great book, really helpfull.

You need to have good eeading skills, but once you start working, you'll see results right away (you have yo practice at least a couple minutes a day, of course).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mpxdrummer77 on July 31, 2012
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Excellent piece for double bass pedal players who are just starting to get their feet under them (so to speak). The exercises seem like they would be sufficient for any skill level, as they increase in difficulty very quickly. The book has an interesting method that requires you to play the 2nd and 4th 16th notes ("e" and "ah") with your left foot regardless of the pattern laid out in the exercise. Meaning, any double bass pattern that starts with "e" or "ah" will be played left foot lead. This is an interesting concept because I, and probably many drummers, tend to start all bass drum patterns with my right foot, regardless of which note the pattern begins with. Once you wrap your mind around the concept of assigning specific notes to separate feet, it actually made me quite a bit faster, and eliminated the need to play quick doubles with my right (to hit the crash coming out of a double bass pattern, etc.) because I know that the "ah" of any beat will be played with the left foot, and thus I can crash back in on one with my right foot naturally.

The book has a good bit of advice in the front for those who care to read it, but after that the book dives straight in to the exercises. I have also really enjoyed the flow of the book thus far. Beginning with a whole section of warm up for two dbl bass notes together, beats with 2 double bass notes together, and fills with 2 bass notes. Then, moving on to 3 double bass notes consecutively, etc. The book flows smoothly, and the exercises are challenging but do-able. I have found myself unable to put this book down. The first time you get that smooth, but powerful flurry of double bass notes and it sounds great within the beat is a great feeling.
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