Learning Double Bass

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:05 pm

How did the more competent of double bass players on the board learn? Did you begin with speed and increase volume or vice versa?

I'm finding that beginning with speed works quite well for me, and I can then progress on to louder volumes, though I find consistence at slower speeds and my usual playing volume a little more difficult. I can go really fast quieter, easily 16ths at around 190-200bpm (not been playing with a click so it's not exact, but it's around that), and I'm not sure if it'd be better to try to increase my speed at loud volumes or my volume at faster speeds.

Hm...anyone?
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:10 pm

i started from the beginning using a click
i'd start at like 120-130 and do that until i was tired
then the next day i'd start at 130-140 then do that until i was tired
and so on and so forth

did that up until 200+

then i got tired of just straight double bass
so i started doing different rudiments and stuff
with the same thing click at 120-130 then worked up from there


it sucks, it's boring, it's tedious
but it works

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:17 pm

I'm just a little unsure which would be the best way to develop...or even if one is better than the other at all. I'm getting there though, tbh it's not like I'll really use it in songs cos I'm not a fan of that sort of thing...I just wanna be able to do it so I know I CAN :)
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:39 pm

do u guys keep ur heel on the pedal, or pick up ur heel and move the front of ur foot or wut? ive alwasy wondered
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:45 pm

okay so what I did/do is.
I started listeing to some metalcore bands and i just jammed out to that as best as possible. and then i joined this black metal band that wanted me to play like 180 bpm kind of stuff for like 4 minutes straight and then my leg started getting used to the speed.
i agree with shine, practice really fast BPM and youll get used to it.
i recommend playing like 120 for as long as you can, then go higher every day or so.
and as for mead, i rise my heel up, and just hit the pedal with the front of my foot and toes. i get less tired and could play faster
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:35 am

How loud do you guys hit when you do fast double stuff? Cos I'm on about getting fast speed with loud volume, and I'm asking which one to try to develop first - I understand how to get faster and stuff, but I'm not sure if I should start slow and loud and try to get faster, or if I should start fast and quiet and try to get louder.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:43 am

Another guy on here you might want to talk to is Kris. He is a monster double kick player.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:08 pm

DrumsPlus wrote:Another guy on here you might want to talk to is Kris. He is a monster double kick player.


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