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  • Plastic Comb
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Spi edition (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634014676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634014673
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.7 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Description A comprehensive manual of double bass drumming by Bobby Rondinelli and Michael Lauren, widely acknowledged as experts in their field. Advice on all aspects, including cross-rhythms, power threes and much more. An excellent manual for beginners and experts alike. Songlist 16th-note Triplets 32nd Notes And 32nd-note Triplets 8th Notes 8th-note Triplets Fast Track Double Bass Five To Sixteen Consecutive 16th Notes Four Consecutive 16th Notes Linear Cross-rhythm Combinations Linear Cross-rhythms Power Threes Starters The Blues Three Consecutive 16th Notes Two Consecutive 16th Notes

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Adams on 18 Dec. 2009
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by the end of page 2, I was stretched

ideal book -something for everyone who's seriously interested in improving.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Corke on 30 Oct. 2007
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been through a couple of pages with my drum teacher, this book is really something. will be buying it shortly.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2005
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this book is quite astounding. the sheer amount of infomation and content of the book really is bewildering.
this will keep u interested for years.
also its a great quality book and very easy to undertsna d wich is always a + point
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Finally 12 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've worked through just about every other double bass drum book out there and, although the exercises were interesting from a coordination/conditioning standpoint, they did not prepare me to actually play double bass drum patterns in a musical context. I was about to write my own book with exercises I'd developed but then found this book. I thank the authors for saving me the trouble! If you're interested in building double bass drum chops and only want to buy one book...this is it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
duh-duh-duh-duh-deesh is the sound of your thundering double bass 13 Dec. 2007
By smudgedlens - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a superb, and very structured approach to double bass. It keeps the hand stuff simple (for the most part), so you can focus on your feet. The progression in difficulty of the exercises is well-suited to any double bass new-comer - up until the last couple sections, where it curves upwards exponentially into odd-groupings and some tight, technical, exchanges between the handsies and feetsies, which might leave you scratching your head with the bead of your drumstick.

A word of warning: Double bass precision and speed can't be developed overnight (Really? Thanks for the heads up). Don't rush through the exercises at the beginning of the book. As simple as they may seem, they provide an excellent opportunity to develop chops and stamina (at least with standard 16th notes. The early exercises don't touch on 16th note triplets, which, of course, are awesome, and about as metal as it gets).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book - a few parts missing though 17 April 2009
By Thiago Aquino - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for drummers willing to develop double bass skills. It focuses on creative use of double bass: all of its excercises are very musical, and they will give you tons of ideas to work on and try someting different from the "never-ending-16th-notes-on-the-feet-plus-snare-drum-on-2-and-4". It is one of those books you feel like playing from the beginning to the end, without skipping parts. That said, I would like to discuss a few aspects of the content:

First, I really like the discography and the double bass time line at the final pages - and to be honest, those are the only "encyclopedic" parts of the book... They helped me discover the great work of some guys I wasn't aware of, especially those pioneers.

Second, for the first sections, the authors propose that you play every 2nd and 4th sixteenths with the left foot, even if the right foot is not also playing - the result is something like dividing a one-bass funk beat between the two feet... I must say I find it a little strange. I believe it could be interesting for someone with two bass drums (and perhaps using different tunings), but for double pedal users - like me - it is not as much the case. Still, it is worth a try.

Also, the cross-rhythm section at the end of the book is quite difficult, but really worth it: work through it patiently and you will notice your coordination going on to the next level.

On the downside, I feel that the authors could have covered some other areas: beats alternating the left foot between hi-hat an double bass - somethig Dennis Chambers does all the time, for instance; the use of different right hand patterns - I miss some jazzy and latin riding patterns, and perhaps some two-hand riding; fills where feet and hands play at the same time, and stuff like that. That's the main reason for giving only four stars to the book. However, I must say that this is a great book to get started and then move on to research those areas - or others of your own interest. Go get it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great product. 10 Jan. 2007
By Cameron Nicks - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Price. Very educational. Lots of exercises to work on. Would have been nice if it came with a CD so you could hear how the really complicated ones go. Anyway, Great buy. No problems.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Webster's of Dbl Bass 31 July 2012
By mpxdrummer77 - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent piece for double bass pedal players who are just starting to get their feet under them (so to speak). The exercises seem like they would be sufficient for any skill level, as they increase in difficulty very quickly. The book has an interesting method that requires you to play the 2nd and 4th 16th notes ("e" and "ah") with your left foot regardless of the pattern laid out in the exercise. Meaning, any double bass pattern that starts with "e" or "ah" will be played left foot lead. This is an interesting concept because I, and probably many drummers, tend to start all bass drum patterns with my right foot, regardless of which note the pattern begins with. Once you wrap your mind around the concept of assigning specific notes to separate feet, it actually made me quite a bit faster, and eliminated the need to play quick doubles with my right (to hit the crash coming out of a double bass pattern, etc.) because I know that the "ah" of any beat will be played with the left foot, and thus I can crash back in on one with my right foot naturally.

The book has a good bit of advice in the front for those who care to read it, but after that the book dives straight in to the exercises. I have also really enjoyed the flow of the book thus far. Beginning with a whole section of warm up for two dbl bass notes together, beats with 2 double bass notes together, and fills with 2 bass notes. Then, moving on to 3 double bass notes consecutively, etc. The book flows smoothly, and the exercises are challenging but do-able. I have found myself unable to put this book down. The first time you get that smooth, but powerful flurry of double bass notes and it sounds great within the beat is a great feeling.
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