I need to learn two double bass drum patterns:
The first one is just repeated over and over again. The second repeats the first measure and then repeats the second measure.
My question is about how I should approach this. There are two extreme ways:
- Play all even 16ths with my right and all odd with my left
- Play every other note with my left
And of course there's everything in between. For instance in the first pattern, I have tried using RRRLRRLRLR. And in the second bar in the second pattern I don't really need the left foot at all. The only benefit would be to make it easier to focus the right foot on keeping the pulse. Assume that I cannot do two 16th in a row with any foot. I'm not skilled enough in heel toe technique and I don't have the option to buy a suitable pedal or tweak the existing ones.
So how should I approach this? Which beats should go on my right and left?
My main concern is if it would be bad to play the first pattern RRRLRRRLRL, cause then I would have a strong beat on my left twice.