Faster Feet: Jason Bittner Double Bass Seminar

Sixteenth-Note Triplets

Ex. 18. Here we have an eighth-note ride pattern, 2 and 4 on the snare, and sixteenth-note triplets with the feet.

Ex. 19. Play eighth-note triplets with the hands, and sixteenth-note triplets with the feet.

Sixteenth-Note Patterns

Now that you’ve mastered continuous sixteenth-note patterns, let’s start breaking them up. We’ll approach these in three different ways: right-foot lead playing a constant eighth-note pattern while the left foot fills in the appropriate e or & ah; left foot lead filling in e’s and & ah’s with the right foot, and alternating footing.

Ex. 20. Here’s the constant 1 & ah pattern (right-foot lead).

Ex. 21. The same pattern with a left-foot lead.

Ex. 22. Now let’s try alternating footing: RLR LRL RLR LRL.

Ex. 23. This is the constant 1 e & pattern with a right-foot lead.

Ex. 24. Here’s the same pattern as Ex. 23 with a left-foot lead.

Ex. 25. Now let’s try alternating footing.

Ex. 26. This is an exercise that Steve Smith showed me, which can help you get the feel of alternate footing with the e & groove.

Ex. 27. If you want to challenge yourself further, try playing your feet on the e & pattern, while the right hand plays the & ah pattern, with the snare on 2 and 4.

Ex. 28. Another tricky one where the feet play & ah’s, as the right hand plays e &’s and the snare plays the &’s.

Triplet Shuffles

Since we have the full triplet down, let’s take out a few notes and work with a double bass shuffle beat. The main thing to remember here is to keep the triplet feel. Think 1-2-3, 2-2-3 just like we did for the initial triplet patterns, except this time don’t play the 2’s.

Ex. 29. Here’s the basic pattern just to get the feel of the kicks.

Ex. 30. Now ride on quarter-notes with the snare on 2 and 4.

Ex. 31. Here the ride matches the kick pattern.

Ex. 32. This is essentially the same as Ex. 30, except that the shuffle is played RR LL RR LL.

Sixteenth-Note Combination Patterns

Exs. 33—36. These are combination patterns that are meant to be played four different ways: right-foot lead and fill & ah’s and e &’s with left foot; left-foot lead and fill with right foot; RLR LRL RLR LRL; and LRL RLR LRL RLR. We will use 2 and 4 on the snare, and eighths on the ride, but feel free to experiment with the hand patterns. Listen to guys like Raymond Herrera from Fear Factory and Matt McDonough from Mudvayne to hear great examples of these types of combination patterns.

Adding Thirty-Second Notes

Exs. 37—40. Play these as written.

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