View Full Version : Lesson #011 - Double Bass Endurance/Speed

03-31-2004, 08:42 AM
The single stroke roll is the most fundamental and practical rudiment to use for double bass.

It is used more than any other type of rudiment, and so requires some special attention to assure it is executed with integrity. I have found it to be valuable to alternate groupings, as in the case of this lesson. Here I alternate between sixteenth notes, and sixteenth note triplets. Itís a useful speed and control building exercise, and will help to build strength. Try it at different tempos, and notice how alternating the two groupings allows you to push a little harder on the triplets. This will ultimately add to your speed.

Notice that on the chart, I have two additional variations which you should also practice. These are not demonstrated on the video. The transition points between sixteenths and sixteenth triplets are shorter here, and will challenge your ability to make the change and settle quickly.

<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">Click here to view a video demonstration. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/feet-speedendurance.wmv)

<img src="images/!charts/feet-endurancespeed-a.gif">

Here is the same exercise, with the left foot leading. I found it to be beneficial to learn to feel rhythms with both feet leading.

<img src="images/!charts/feet-endurancespeed-b.gif">

Here are some additional exercises, where I scale down the number of beats between 16ths and 16th note triplets.
In #3 the transition is every 2 beats of the bar, and #4 every beat of the bar.

<img src="images/!charts/feet-endurancespeed-c.gif">

<img src="images/!charts/feet-endurancespeed-d.gif">

<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">Click here to view a video demonstration. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/feet-speedendurance.wmv)