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Double Bass Licks

Technique by Ryan Carver // September 02 2007
Double Bass Licks

Here are two common double bass licks. The first one is the classic two with the hands, two with the feet. The second is four with the hands, two with the feet, phrased as 1/16 notes. Each of these licks can be played and phrased numerous ways. Get comfortable playing each lick clean and smooth. Then move it around the kit. When you practice the fills make sure you alternate keeping time with the fill. Try to make 4- or 8-bar loops.


bass drum licks


Here are some examples of the licks used in a one-measure fill.


double bass licks


Here are some examples of the licks used in two-measure fills.

double bass licks




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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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