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Old 04-23-2010, 04:44 AM
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Default Foot motion correction

ok. so basically when i play double bass, or even single bass for that matter, after i do
a stroke and i stop, the beater stays resting on the bass drum. I heard that its ideal to
hit the bass and have the beater immiediately bounce off A) for a better, more open sound
and B) because it gives you more control. I can certainly see the control benefits to this
when im playing double bass because anytime i play at a reasonably fast tempo,
whenever i have to stop, i can see the pedals "rattling" for lack of a better term from the
shock that is produced by my "digging" the beater into the drum.

...how do i correct this? i figure its gonna take some muscle memory work similar to that
of doing the freestroke with the hands, but i have no idea where to begin, what motion
i should be working on, etc. help?

thanks in advance!
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:35 PM
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This question you asked is more common than you think. If you're interested, I made an entire DVD about the answer. You can use the link in my signature below to check it out. The system I teach in the video is wonderful for single bass or double bass. All of my demonstrations in the video are with single bass, but in "real life" I now use the same approach for double bass as well. Also, one of my students has become tremendously good at double bass using the exercises shown in my video. I recommend that you start by learning all of the exercises with each foot individually. Then go to the FAQ chapter of the video to hear a brief description of how to integrate the feet together. If I ever make a sequel, I will show this directly, but I think the explanation in the FAQ chapter should suffice to make it clear how the system works for double bass.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:08 PM
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If I ever make a sequel, I will show this directly, but I think the explanation in the FAQ chapter should suffice to make it clear how the system works for double bass.

Best of luck to you.[/quote]

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That's what you tube is for! LOL
Considering the unbelievable investment of time, energy, and money that my first video required of me, I doubt very much that I'll be doing any sort of sequel in the near future...whether it be on DVD or on YouTube. But thanks for the idea. If I ever do feel inspired to take out a video camera again, I'll keep your suggestion in mind. You're right - technology has changed considerably since I made my DVD in 2005. We have many more media options now.
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