Drum Basics: Hi-Hat and Bass Drum

Drum Basics: Hi-Hat and Bass Drum

By Dave Black and Steve Houghton Published December 7, 2009

In this lesson, master educator Steve Houghton provides a basic drum workout from his top-selling book Drumset 101, co-authored with Dave Black. Work through the exercises to better understand basic technique for bass drum and hi-hat. Take a look at the videos to see the proper technique..

Video 1

Video 2

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About the authors:
Dave Black Percussionist/composer Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. He has traveled around the world, performing and recording with a wide variety of well-known entertainers and shows. A prolific composer and arranger, Mr. Black has had more than 60 of his compositions and arrangements published by most of the major music publishers, and many have been recorded. He has been the recipient of many awards and commissions, including 20 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards and two Grammy participation/nomination certificates. In addition, many of his compositions have been used as source/background music on numerous TV shows and movies, including Drumline. As one of the biggest selling percussion authors in the world, Mr. Black is the author and/or co-author of over 25 books, including Alfred's Drum Method (the world's current best-seller). He has written countless articles, book and concert reviews for most of the major music magazines and has been a featured subject in many of them.

Steve Houghton Steve Houghton is one of the most versatile percussionists in the business. Be it big band, small combo, fusion, or orchestra, Houghton has amassed an unusual amount of professional experience. After studies at North Texas State University, Houghton began his professional career with the Woody Herman Band at the age of 20. Since then, he has performed and recorded with an impressive list of players including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Billy Childs, Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Lyle Mays, and Carl Fontana. Steve is a highly sought-after clinician and enjoys a busy and exciting studio schedule in Los Angeles, recording music for TV, movies and jingles. Houghton is also on the board of directors of the Percussive Arts Society and co-chairman of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He endorses Pearl/Adams, Zildjian, Calato, Innovative Percussion, and Remo products.

Transcription from Drumset 101, by Dave Black and Steve Houghton

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