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Old 04-01-2008, 05:25 AM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


The main reasons why I haven't taken the double bass pedal plunge are:
1) I haven't felt the desire yet to go that way. The styles of music I play don't "NEED" a douple bass pedal, and I don't think I've really exhausted the posibilities with a single pedal yet, and I use the Hi-hat in most of my playing.

2) Given a choice between buying a double pedal or putting the money towards a cymbal upgrade, I'd rather upgrade cymbals right now.
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:54 PM
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I agree totally with you, Churchdrummer!
Also, I do not want (even) more gear to haul around.
For me, with no roadies helping me, I am happy with my (I know old fashioned) single pedal.

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:26 PM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


The first double bass setup was used in jazz actually. Its totally doable when ur not using hi hats. You can use them during solos.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:30 AM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


I have played both double bass drum and double bass pedal for an amount of years. I choose not to play either anymore. There is nothing to a double pedal most times it actually lightens your load. But over the years I have become increasingly focused on the pocket. Pocket is just my personal style of playing.
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


when i got into heavy metal, i started to learn double bass. so what style you play demands the same technique or if you are experimental and progressive in your approach. i guess a drummer should try every style of playing. it enriches his skill and articulation.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:11 AM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


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The first double bass setup was used in jazz actually. Its totally doable when ur not using hi hats. You can use them during solos.
I agree with you that double bass can be used in Jazz, and was used in that context. I don't play with big bands, and for the small trio or quartets I play in the ride cymbal does more of the time keeping work, and the bass pedal is used more for accents. Double bass is great if you want to use it, I'm just a less is more type of guy, just my personal preference.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:32 AM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


I set myself the goal of learning double bass as a challenge. I'm blown away by the stuff double bass players can do...the rhythmic possibilities are endless. And with a remote hihat, and multiple pedals (see Thomas Lang's approach), double bass can only add to your playing, not detract. I'll feel more accomplished once I can say I am truly independent in respect of all my limbs.

Whether that translates into a band situation, I don't know. I'm just practising now. I only ever played with a small kit for the reasons people have said -- no room on stage for anything big, the music didn't require more etc.. But if I get good with multiple pedals I'll make it work. For example, I think two small 20" bass drums with a remote hi-hat wouldn't take up much room.
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


In my opinion, playing double bass allows for lack of skill.

If you look at the new and up comming bands drummer, you'll notice, he's not as good as he sounds, he just has fast feet.

I do agree that it is an important weapon in a drummers arsenal but, fast hands trump fast feet any day. Case closed.
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


I know this is pretty unlikely but If you are a drummer who only plays single bass what happens if you break your foot or ankle? You wont be able to play thats why its its good to have a little extra coordination with the left foot.
Also I've been playing single for about 4 years and double for about 2 months. It has really given me so many new possibilities for beats and rhythms. Also double bass helps for more exciting fills.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:52 AM
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Re: Reasons why people don't play double bass


Luke,
In answer to your question about what happens if something were to happen to your right foot, my answer would be I could easily play a jazz trio gig without a bass drum, since the bass player actually is keeping steady rhythm with his walking bass lines. I could do the required bass drum accents on the floor tom. I could also add a double bass pedal and play it like a single with my left foot with a minimal amount of work, but then I use the Hi-hat a lot, so I would miss that. You shouldn't have a left foot coordination problem if you're using a Hi-hat and doing more with it than playing on 2 and 4.
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