Today we're going talk about five double bass drumming myths!
There's a lot of talk going on about double bass playing and how it's cheating, and how it can only be used in certain styles. I want to debunk five of these myths
today. If you feel like I miss anything then write a comment down below and write your suggestion about a double bass drumming myth.
Let's get onto the first one the first myth I want to talk about is, as soon as somebody says they're a double bass player automatically another person assumes that they play in a metal or a death metal band. Now here's the thing, drummers have been using double pedals in their drumming and their music long before it actually existed in metal. Here let me give you a couple examples: the first guy is Billy Cobham. He actually played a lot of double pedal
stuff in the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Another drummer who actually used double bass drumming in his playing outside a metal is Louie Bellson. He is well known for his work and he played in the Duke Ellington band. Another drummer who uses double bass drumming in his work is Dennis Chambers. Dennis's double bass work with John Scofield is up there with some of the best footwork in the
We can also find great double bass work and Tommy Aldridge's stuff like Whitesnake, Black Oak Arkansas, and Pat Travers. If you haven't seen Tommy play; he is a really hard hitter and he really connects with the drum. The man's a beast so there you have it just because you play double bass doesn't mean you play metal it's just another tool to help you express yourself musically behind the drum set. You're gonna want to stick around to the number one myth because it is a common misconception about double bass drumming, and it actually really gets a lot of people fired up.
Moving on to myth number two! This next myth is about whether you play a single kick
drum or two kick drums with one single pedal. People seem to want to argue the fact that two kick drums are better than one kick drum. Let's face it, it's all personal preference and it doesn't make you a better player. It's like saying oh my car's got two engines, and it's better than a car with one engine. Listen, a car with one engine is still gonna get you to where you need to go, so this whole thing about having a second bass drum as opposed to a single with the double pedal is not entirely accurate, because it's personal preference. If you're happy with what you got and you're able to create something musically, then I think that's the most important choice.
Moving on to myth number three. Myth number three is about the choice of double pedals that you choose to play. Whether it be: direct drive, strap, single, double chain. It doesn't matter, it's not going make you a better drummer. What's gonna make you better is practicing and putting in the time to actually hone your craft, and practice your technique to build speed and endurance.
There's a lot of debate online and people spend most their time debating on what product is better. I think the best product is the one that works for you, so that you can play your double bass drumming. Now obviously it's nice to have nice gear, because it kind of drives you creatively, but then once that novelty wears off you still have to put in the time to practicing.
Saying direct drives are better than chain drives because you can play a certain technique
is absurd. Here's the thing - If you devote time you set a practice regime and you set some goals to try and attain that is what's gonna make you faster. That's what's gonna make you a better player. It's not the gear. So, instead of worrying about the double pedal brand that you're playing, just drop it and just go practice with the ones that you have. Let's move onto the next myth.
The next myth is about a certain technique, and the technique I'm talking about is heel
toe or toe heel or whatever. A lot of people are saying if you play heel toe it's not as cool as singles, and there's a big debate on and whether one is better than the other. This is very rampant amongst a lot of different topics in the drumming community.
People argue over a certain thing better than certain things far too often. Sure it creates good conversation ,and a good healthy debate is great, but when people start to argue about you know, "double strokes are cheating" or, "you know this guy can't play double strokes he just swivels and he's gonna have knee injuries".
Again it's a technique, it's like only having a hammer and your tool bag to build a house. It's not really efficient to build the house. Like what are you gonna do you're gonna, take the claw of the hammer, take a chunk of wood and then you know... bash it until the thing cuts?! NO! You're gonna use a saw.
So, I'd like to think that different techniques are like the different tools in a tool bag. Helping you build the bigger picture, that is your drumming. Double strokes are a tool to accomplish higher speeds in metal drumming, it's not cheating. It is actually really tough. I don't know if you've ever tried it but, personally I'm not very good at it. Correct me if I'm wrong let me know down in the comments below what you think about double strokes. Do you like to play
singles? Do you like to do the swivel technique? It's all cool, and I think it's actually really challenging. There are a lot of great players out there that that do it really well, and I'm kind of envious of it.
Which brings us onto the last double bass drumming myth we all know what it is and we need to talk about it. It's that triggers are cheating. No, no, no. I'm not saying triggers are cheating, I actually use triggers myself in the studio here to help me with the sound. I've always used triggers playing live, because with 8 string guitars it's just inaudible live. There's a lot of low-end mud and it helps cut through that. I think people think triggers are cheating because once you slap these bad boys on your double kicks, you're gonna be a perfect double bass drummer. You're never gonna make a mistake. WRONG. If anything, it brings out all the subtle little nuances in your playing that otherwise wouldn't have been heard without triggers. If these things aren't set up properly it could also make you look and
sound like a worse drummer than you actually are. I'll never understand the whole great old debate about why people think triggers are cheating. Maybe it's sheer ignorance or lack of experience with them. Or, maybe it's just because they want to argue.
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