Buddy's Burnin' Bass Drum Riff

In 2008, I played at the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. There were lots of other great drummers there, like Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio.

I really studied up before the show because I had to play Buddy Rich arrangements. I was watching one of his drum solos and he did this thing where he hit the bass drum with his stick. He played these really fast patterns between his hand and feet that way. I said, “Wow, I’ve never seen anybody hit their bass drum with a stick.” So I stole it. I don’t use it a lot, but it’s definitely a lick I stole from Buddy. Here are a few ways I use it

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