Matt Byrne: Double Bass Basics

In this lesson, we’re going to go over some double bass basics. First off, balance and posture are very important, so your setup is key, with the throne being your anchor point. Sitting too close or too far from the kick drums will throw your balance off, causing you to lean in and hunch over or lean back and push off your pedals. Sit at a distance that feels naturally comfortable, with your feet relatively shoulder length apart.

The exercises I’ve provided are pretty straightforward but will help build stamina, endurance, and independence in your legs. Start with the standard sixteenth-note pattern in Ex. 1. Exs. 2 and 3 are slightly trickier variations, with straight eighth-notes on the hi-hat and the snare mostly on 2 and 4. Focus on playing each bass drum with equal volume and intensity. Get kicking!

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