Originally Posted by Big_Philly
When asked how to learn fast double bass playing your reply is usually to jump in and play (along to) some fast music. I have tried this method and it's fun but I think I might need some feedback. Recently I have been trying to play along with a pretty fast song (about 160bpm, 16th notes). It worked a couple of times but usually I can't really keep up. My timing gets all sloppy and I feel bad for my housemates who have to listen to that sh-... Would you recommend slowing down (i.e. choosing another song)? Or do I just bite into it and just try until I succeed?
And what about even more extreme tempo's? I can usually play about 140-150 bpm 16ths quite clean but want to reach 180, 190... etc. Would you recommend building it up, gradually choosing faster songs to play with? Or just really jump in and start playing along to songs at 190+ bpm? I cannot get a single hit straight at those speeds, is it even useful to try?
The thing about it is......
It never happens as quickly as we'd like. Remember, it took me 5 to 7 years to get to these tempos....not in 6 months.
So yeah....just jump in there and keep pushing because if you're not pushing....you'll never get there.
As far as the actual "learning" of the motions and keeping it clean.....this is when you go back to a comfortable tempo and work on getting it solid.
There is no "one or the other"....it requires both.
But, if you're not pushing and you're just concentrating on perfection first.....well, that will take you 15 years.
Jump in and DO it.