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    Hey guys!

    Ok, So next year is the year that I am able to try out for marching band. And really the only two things I can be asinged to is Crash Cymbals or Bass Drum.

    Bass drum is really only for the drummers who are really good in the band, ya know what I mean? And I REALLY want to get the bass drum... like... bad.

    So what would I have to learn to be able to get the bass drum in marching band? Like, would I have to learn a bunch of different rudiments and all that jazz?

    Thanks so much for your responses!

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    As a high school drum line coach, I would recommend that a bass drummer know how to count and mark time, understand and be able to play syncopations, and have some basic drumstick technique. Rudiments are good to know, however I feel that some developed technique is of higher importance to avoid injury and to execute musical passages.
    I recommend starting with basic snare drum technique and rhythm execution utilizing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, eighth-note triplets, and sixteenth-note triplets.
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    You my friend are basically going to be a human metronome. The bass drums hold the whole percussion section together. You have to keep the pulse going. Keep the beat in your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clickkfourles View Post
    you my friend are basically going to be a human metronome. The bass drums hold the whole percussion section together. You have to keep the pulse going. Keep the beat in your feet.
    +1 !!!
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    Gotta count. ALL THE TIME. Subdivide eighths and sixteenths when necessary. You HAVE to be able to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Constinator25 View Post
    Gotta count. ALL THE TIME. Subdivide eighths and sixteenths when necessary. You HAVE to be able to do that.
    Any other hints? Youngest boy [13] has been accepted into his school's drum line, their first go of this in 20 some years, and will be playing the bass drum. Has only had couple practices, sounding pretty good by my non-educated ears. Has mentioned that the bass is kinda heavy, and shoulders feel the weight after some time… any tips on that aspect would be great too. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes View Post
    Any other hints? Youngest boy [13] has been accepted into his school's drum line, their first go of this in 20 some years, and will be playing the bass drum. Has only had couple practices, sounding pretty good by my non-educated ears. Has mentioned that the bass is kinda heavy, and shoulders feel the weight after some time… any tips on that aspect would be great too. Thanks.
    Lots of situps, build up those core muscles.

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    A cart to haul da dang thing!!!!
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    Learn how to split, on and off beats just in case your music requires you to split 16th notes.

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    Keep your shoulders back. It will help disperse the weight of the drum. Get you some bass drum mallets to, and practice with those. Get your wrists used to the beaters. I carried 4th bass. These things helped me.
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    If you are interested in some reading about Bass drumming, i can email you a bass drum manual i compiled into one file when back when i taught drumlines. I gathered as much information about all aspects of bass drumming, from attitude, technique, tuning, counting etc from some of the best bass drummers i marched with, taught with, and knew throughout my years in the activity. I used this manual when i taught at the High School, Indoor, and Drum Corps levels.

    Feel free to send me a PM if you want a copy. Also, anyone interested, i'll be happy to send it to you as well. that much information served its purpose for me and my lines very well for a number of years.

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    if it is tonal bass drum be ready to do lots of splits. i play bass 6 and my part is normaly along the lines of the "e" of 3 and the "aah" of 4. stuff like that.

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