Ive been stuck on this and i need advice. *Doubles on bass

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Post Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:48 pm

Yes ive been trying to figure out how to build up really fast doubles on my double bass, something to equal to T. Lang's and i havent been able to figure it out, can anyone help?

P.S. i use iron cobra powerglides
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Post Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:54 am

Start slow, use a metronome and build up speed over time, look into constant release or heel toe techniques if you haven't already, this video should help you out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSKS9a9NuPc
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Post Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:47 am

I'm a big fan of the heel-toe technique. But by all means start slow - it is NOT an easy technique, no matter how easy some guys make it sound, and you won't be able to do it fast right off the bat.
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Post Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:12 am

ChrisNichols wrote:I'm a big fan of the heel-toe technique. But by all means start slow - it is NOT an easy technique, no matter how easy some guys make it sound, and you won't be able to do it fast right off the bat.

Heel Toe is great for doubles but it takes a while to get the technique down and a little longer to build up speed.
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Post Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:26 pm

you have to realize that it will not be an overnight mastery...
there's no other way but to practice unto perfection...
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:18 am

I have PowerGlides (freaking heavy things hey) and I'm also working hard at getting double bass techniques going on.

You need to strengthen your ankles, so play a lot of flat foot exercises. Then I use the combination of an ankle and leg stroke. Lift the leg playing the first note with the ankle then dropping the leg for the second.

If you look at the guys like Lang and Donati, they tend to use a similar technique for fast doubles.

In fact, I just found a video that is a perfect example :)

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Do it slow, lead left foot as that helps develop the weaker side and it'll come.. gradually!
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:45 am

Hey, who is that? That's a good one.

What I've been doing is to play beats that have less bass drum, and never on the "1" but have a steady "chick" - quarter notes - to keep time. Get the left foot up to speed that way.. Although I'm a sucker for good double bass too..
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:14 am

That's Virgil Donati.
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:49 am

I see.. Thanks, Rob.
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:10 am

Anytime! :D