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Poster Re:Being Indecisive [Re:knightcrawler]
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No. 26 Posted on Feb 8, 2013 7:28 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I have a double pedal and am glad I have it, but I'm more glad that I learned to play without it for the first 20 years or so.

I admit I'm not very good at double bass, owing to my lack of time to practice it. When I was a young kid learning to play drums, I practiced for hours on end and developed a lot of the brain synapses and technique that I still rely on today for what I hope is fairly fluid and precise playing. When I finally got around to buying a double pedal, unfortunately I just didn't have the time to devote to practicing it. As a result, it injects too much slop into my playing except on relatively basic licks, and I use it only sparingly and strategically in gig settings. When I do play double bass, I'd like to think it's to good effect, but close to half of what I now do on double bass is something I previously could do with what was at one time a much faster right foot.

I share this as background for my main point, which is this: Double bass can be a useful tool, but I believe it's secondary to a mastery of single pedal. The novelty of double bass is such that it seems a lot of young players spend all their time learning to play blisteringly fast single strokes on double bass, at the expense of learning to play anything interesting or precise with just their right foot. Putting the cart before the horse in this way is, I think, something to be avoided.




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