Grooving the Bass Drum - 10 Lessons

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 1) - 16th Notes on the Bass Drum

In the first lesson of this course we start by developing independence between the right foot and the right hand. The 16th note figure played here paves the way for the use of different 16th note / 8th note combinations in the lessons to come.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 2) - The One 8th Note / Two 16th Note Figure

This is where we start using what we call "broken" 16th note figures on the bass drum. This means that not all the four 16th notes in the beat are played. This makes for some more interesting figures to get our bass drum grooving.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 3) - The Two 16th Note / One 8th Note Figure

In this lesson we look at the Two 16th / One 8th note figure. You'll need to get your foot working hard here to play these three notes in succession, especially at higher tempos.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 4) - The Dotted 8th

When we put a dot after a note it adds half of it's original value. In this lesson we'll be looking at the classic dotted 8th / 16th note figure that is simple in its form but highly effective for getting some great sounding grooves going.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 5) - The Syncopated 16th Note Figure

In this lesson we take a look at a great sounding figure on the bass drum - 16th / 8th / 16th. This is a syncopated 16th note figure because the bass drum is played in between the hi hat strokes played by the right hand.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 6) - Another Dotted 8th Variation

This lesson takes the dotted 8th / 16th note figure used in lesson 4 and turns it back to front. We now have a great sounding bass drum lick as used by John Bonham in the Led Zeppelin song "When the Leeve Breaks".

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 7) - Don't Forget the Rests

We don't always have to play the down beat on the bass drum. Let's get that 8th note rest back in there. All these 16th notes are great, but putting a little space back in our grooves gives the notes that we actually play more value.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 8) - Don't Forget the Rests - 2

In this lesson we take a look at applying rests on the downbeat once again. This time however, it's the 16th note rest. You'll need to work on your precision, control and independence to make this sound good.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 9) - What about the 2 and the 4?

Up until now, all these different figures have been played on the 1 and the 3. Beats 2 and 4 have been missing out on the fun. Let's apply some of these figures to beats 2 and 4 to really get our grooves going.

Grooving the Bass Drum (Lesson 10) - Play Along

In this last lesson we put it all together to form a piece that you can play using different variations of the figures we have been looking at. Check out the song "form" then go find the playback. You'll need to be sure that your bass drum foot is playing in total unison with the bass guitar. Good luck!

More Bass Drum in Your Fills - 5 Lessons

More Bass Drum in Your Fills (Lesson 1) - Hand Foot Coordination Figures

We start this course by setting up 4 simple but challenging figures that will be played between your hands and your bass drum foot. Take the time to get these figures played smoothly before going on to lesson 2

More Bass Drum in Your Fills (Lesson 2) - Turning Figures into Melody

Now we have these figures down (and you DO have them down right?), let's start to mix them up in different sequences. If done smoothly, this will disguise the preplanned figures that we have worked on individually and create a longer more 'melodic' phrase.

More Bass Drum in Your Fills (Lesson 3) - Around the Set

In lesson 3 we continue with the logical step of orchestrating our ideas around the drumset. This is always a challenging step because the change in tone when we strike the different drumset elements can be confusing, even when we have worked hard on a particular sticking pattern. This can throw us off quite easily, so stay with it until you feel comfortable.

More Bass Drum in Your Fills (Lesson 4) - Stay Where You Are

In the last lesson we worked on orchestrating different figures around the drumset. But we create an equally interesting effect by simply staying where we are and playing the figures between the bass drum, snare drum and hi hat. This is a technique often applied to great effect in a 'Gospel Chops' playing style.

More Bass Drum in Your Fills (Lesson 5) - Filling in with the Bass Drum

In lesson 5 we take a slightly different approach. How do we go about creating our own phrases in real time? Well, one possibility is to play different broken 16th note phrases with the hands, then fill in the gaps - the 'broken' parts - with either 1 or 2 bass drum strokes.