Like having a tank of nitrous oxide at your disposal in a drag race, few tools in a drummer’s arsenal are as effective for kicking up the energy as a well placed double bass lick. Double bass pedals have become one of the most popular accessories purchased for drum sets, and as a result that innocuous device has created entire new genres of rock music. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable double-bass performances on record that pushed the discipline forward and influenced generations of drummers.
At the beginning of this excerpt, Bellson sets up a call and response pattern of eight sixteenth-notes on the snare that he answers with eight sixteenth-notes on his kick drums. He breaks up the bass drum and plays a more syncopated pattern in the second line using a rhythm of 3 e, ah 4, & ah. In the bottom line, he breaks into a constant “running in place” pattern that he solos over. Every drummer with a double bass pedal should thank Bellson for his innovative spirit and consistently brilliant drumming.